U20 WJC Game Day: 12/30/10

Switzerland 6 @ Slovakia 4
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 1-0-1, E, 6 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 6 PIM

Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM

Slovakia allowed 2 unanswered goals in the final 5:56 of regulation to fall 6-4 to Switzerland. Lightning prospect Richard Panik, who was named Slovakia's best player in the match, had tied the score at 4-4 earlier in the third period, but it was not enough. The forward also took two penalties for roughing and a minor for slashing in the contest. Fellow Lightning prospect Adam Janosik assisted on Panik's goal. Panik, Slovakia's captain, played on Slovakia's top line and Janosik has consistently been on Slovakia's top pair throughout the tournament.

The loss will likely, and unexpectedly, force Slovakia into the relegation round where they will probably face Germany, Norway, and either Russia or the Czech Republic. Switzerland actually vaulted ahead of Team USA in Pool A with the victory.

Slovakia faces Finland tomorrow while Canada draws Sweden.