Finland 2 vs. USA 6 (Quarterfinals)
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Sointu assisted on Finland's second goal when a rebound of his shot was stuffed home to cut the USA lead to 4-2. USA added an empty netter moments later, then a late tally 5-on-5 to give the game it's final score. Sointu received good ice time in the game and showed solid speed, creating a few scoring chances. Finland will now play for fifth place on Monday vs. Russia.
Slovakia 3 vs. Austria 2 (Relegation Round)
C/W Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 9 SOG
Panik scored his sixth goal of the tournament as Slovakia survived a major upset scare from the Austrians. Panik has 19 shots in his last two games. Austria had finished the preliminary round 0-4 with a minus-23 goal differential. Slovakia will play the Czechs on Monday.
Slovakia 1 vs. Switzerland 4
W Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 10 SOG
Panik (pictured) scored his fifth of the tournament on 10 shots in the game, but Slovakia suffered a devastating loss to the Swiss and will now move to the relegation round. They next play Austria on Saturday. Panik finished the preliminary round seventh in tournament scoring with five goals and two assists. His five goals tied for the tournament lead.
Finland 1 vs. Sweden 7
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (slashing, tripping), 3 SOG
Sweden clinched the bye from Group B with an easy win over rival Finland. Sointu and Finland will play the U.S.A. in the quarterfinals on Saturday, January 1.
Finland 10 vs. Austria 1
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Sointu and Team Finland demolished Austria on Wednesday, skating to a quick 5-0 first period lead, then adding three in the second period and two in the third. Sointu scored in the third period, his teamâ€™s ninth goal of the night. Finland (2-1) next plays rival and first-place (Group B) Sweden (3-0) on Thursday, while Lightning prospect Richard Panik and Slovakia (1-2) face Switzerland (1-2).
Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-24-29, +16, 38 PIM
Mark Barberio tallied a first period power play goal to help the Moncton Wildcats ring up a 3 for 6 night with the man advantage and defeat Bathurst 4-3. Barberio added an even strength assist in the 2nd period before finishing the night with 6 of the Wildcats 35 shots.
Barrie Colts 7 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 35 GP, 24-22-46, +28, 26 PIM
Alex Hutchings and the Barrie Colts resumed OHL play after the holiday break with a bang as Hutchings rung up a hat trick while earning FIRST STAR honors as the Colts defeated the Kitchener Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night. It was Barrie's league-leading 30th win in 35 contests on the season.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW Matias Sointu, SBY: DNP (at WJC)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 14 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Matias Sointu didn't dress for Wolves Tuesday night as the Finnish winger remains with the Team Finland at the U2O WJC tournament. Sudbury doubled up the rival Soo 4-2 behind Eric O'Dell's first star effort.
Erie Otters 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-2-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Jaroslav Janus stopped 36 Spirit shots Tuesday night enroute to SECOND STAR honors, and reportedly single-handedly won the game for the Otters against an onslaught of Saginaw offense.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67's 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 19 GP, 8-7-15, E, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Kyle DeCoste was held scoreless as the 67's defeated the Bulls 4-2 in Belleville's first game back from the holiday break. The Bulls were 0 for 8 on the power play for the night.
Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 14-16-30, -14, 67 PIM
With Regina: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 15 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Carter Ashton was held scoreless for the second straight game as the Hitmen edged the Pats 4-3 on Tuesday night. Ashton was assessed a fightning major when he and Calgary center Chase Schaber tangled four minutes into the 3rd period.
Finland 0 vs. Russia 2
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.
Preliminary round play continued Monday at the U20 WJC tournament hosted in Saskatchewan with Finland playing their second match in as many days. Matias Sointu once again did not dress for the Finnish team who was shutout by Russian netminder Igor Bobkov 2-0 despite Finland outshooting the Russians 46-17. Former Columbus Blue Jacket winger and Russian captain Nikita Filatov led the offense with a goal and an assist.