The second day of competition at the 2023 World Junior Championship had only two of the four Winnipeg Jets prospects in action. Brad Lambert and Finland looked to bounce back from an overtime loss to Switzerland, while Fabian Wagner and Sweden wanted to build on a tournament-opening win over Austria.
FINLAND 5, SLOVAKIA 2
Brad Lambert recorded his first goal (and point) of the event when he flew down the right-wing side and snapped a shot short side on Slovakian goaltender Matej Marinov.
The goal pushed Finland’s lead to 5-2, just 1:39 after Slovakia had pulled within two.
Next up, Finland (1-0-1-0) takes on Latvia on Thursday.
GERMANY 0, SWEDEN 1
Fabian Wagner and Sweden improved to 2-0-0-0 at this year’s tournament, though the offence wasn’t as plentiful as in their first game on Boxing Day against Austria.
Just one day after scoring 11 times, Sweden only put one past German netminder Nikita Quapp, but it proved to be enough.
The goal came in the final minute of the first period from Adam Engstrom.
Wagner was held off the scoresheet (after posting a goal and two assists against Austria) in 13:25 of ice time.
Sweden’s next game comes on Thursday against Czech Republic, who opened the tournament with a win over Canada on Monday.