The 2019 World Junior Championship started yesterday in Ostrava and Třinec, Czech Republic. We are going to focus on the performances by a couple of Lightning prospects who played yesterday. The more detailed recap by our junior hockey expert Lauren is coming later today.
Nolan Foote started the game against team USA on the first line with Joe Veleno and Alexis Lafrenière. He gave his team a lead in the second period, proving his reputation as one of the best shooters on the team. This goal came from power play opportunity after a pass from Ty Smith.
Make that three goals in the period for Canada! Nolan Foote with the snipe pic.twitter.com/518bKBm2kS— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 26, 2019
His goal helped team Canada to secure a victory over the Americans. Overall, Foote played 11:21 minutes and had three shots on goal. Canada’s next opponent is Russia, which lost yesterday to Czech Republic.
At the same time as the USA vs. Canada game started, Hugo Alnefelt led team Sweden on the ice for the game against team Finland. That was another tight game, which eventually was decided in overtime. Hugo Alnefelt earned a victory for his team and made 23 saves, including some very impressive and also very important stops.
This was Finland's best chance in OT. W Matias Maccelli (ARZ) made a great backhand pass to LHD Santeri Hatakka (SJS) but Hugo Alnefelt (TBL) made an excellent save. #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/8em1TPsHz1— Jokke Nevalainen (@JokkeNevalainen) December 26, 2019
The third Lightning prospect Maxim Cajkovic is going to play his first game for Slovakia on the tournament today, when his team faces Kazakhstan.
Other Lightning news
Another player from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization who is participating in international games is Zach Fucale. He has been named to the team Canada roster for the 2019 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. He played his first game against HC Oceláři Třinec from Czech Republic. The Canadiens were better and defeated the Czech team 4-1, Fucale played the whole game and made 27 stops. Some of them also made highlights.
Enjoy the weekend, watch some junior hockey!