The 2013 World Junior Championships have moved on to the quarter-finals and all four Leafs prospects are still alive to win the Gold medal.
Morgan Rielly and Canada faced Russia with top spot in Group B on the line and Canada came out on top 4-1 thanks to two first period power play goals during a five minute man advantage. Canada will now get a bye to the semi-finals where they will face the winner of the USA/Czech Republic game while Russia takes on Switzerland in the quarter-finals Wednesday (8am, TSN).
Rielly was held off the scoresheet but he created several scoring chances on the power play and also had numerous rushes that showed off his great speed. He ended the game with three shots and a plus one mark. He is tied for fifth in the tournament amongst defencemen in scoring with three points and tied for third in plus/minus with a +5.
In Monday’s early game, Tyler Biggs and the USA faced a must win against Slovakia and they responded in a huge way jumping out to a 5-2 lead after the first period and not letting up winning 9-3 to finish in third place in Group B.
Biggs has been playing in a checking role for the USA in the tournament and he was finally able to pick up his first point of the tournament (assist) in Monday’s win. He finished the night a plus one with two penalty minutes.
The tournament takes a day off on Tuesday before the quarter-final begins. The USA will face the Czech Republic Wednesday at 4am on TSN.
Swedish defenceman Tom Nilsson picked up his first two points of the tournament as he assisted on Sweden’s 4-3 goal and on the 6-4 power play goal as they would beat Finland 7-4 to finish in first place in Group A and a bye to the semi-finals. Nilsson had two assists, a +1 and three shots on the night.