Coming fresh off a dominant 3-1 win over Russia on Saturday, Team USA has been able to rebound nicely after suffering a 6-4 loss to Canada in their first game of the 2020 World Juniors. Now, they’ll look to keep the momentum going against a stacked Czech Republic team.
Two goals within seconds of each other from Los Angeles Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson broke the tie between the two nations and guaranteed the victory for USA on Sunday, making them the Group B leaders — until Canada took the top seed with a 4-1 victory over Germany on Monday. Kaliyev led the way for the Americans, while Trevor Zegras also had a multi-point performance with two assists, bringing him to a tournament-leading seven points through two games.
The U.S. defense corps also appeared stronger, while Spencer Knight was able to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Canada.
2020 World Juniors: Live scores, updates from Monday’s games
Meanwhile, the Czechs have been off to a decent start, with Arizona Coyotes prospect Jan Jenik and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Michal Teply leading the charge with three points apiece through two games.
On home ice, the Czech Republic will be a tough team to beat, as this marks the last group stage game for the U.S.
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USA vs. Czech Republic: Live updates, highlights from World Juniors
Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Live updates will begin at that time.
3:03 p.m. — The United States will again go up a man,
3:01 p.m. — After going down at the end of the second, Jenik is not out to start the third, as per Chris Peters.
I did not see Jan Jenik (ARI) return to the Czech Republic’s bench to start the period. He’d played 14:32 in the first two periods.
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) December 30, 2019
Second period: USA 3, Czech Republic 2
2:40 p.m. — Jenik goes down hard along the boards after taking a hit from Pivonka at the end of the second. He’s clutching his right knee and is being tended to by trainers.
Jan Jenik (ARI) still down on the ice in some pain. Can’t put any weight on his right knee
— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) December 30, 2019
2:40 p.m. — Czechs end the second with a lot of momentum on the power play. They’ll start the third with 21 seconds at 5-on-4.
2:37 p.m. — Not long after killing off the Czech power play, USA goes back on the PK as K’Andre Miller takes a tripping penalty.
2:35 p.m. — Czech Republic gets a power play of its own now.
2:31 p.m. — USA goes back on the man advantage as Ondrej Pavel goes off for hooking.
2:18 p.m. — U.S. will go back on the power play, as Jan Mysak is called for holding.
2:16 p.m. — GOAL. On an outstanding pass from Zegras, Jack Drury deflects the puck past Parik to make it 3-2 for USA. Zegras is now up to a tournament-leading nine assists.
2:12 p.m. — Some 4-on-4 hockey coming up as Jaromir Pytlik gets called for holding the stick.
2:!0 p.m. — Jan Jenik almost scores and the goal light goes off, but the shot goes wide of the net. Meanwhile, the Czechs get another power play, with Samuelsson going off again, this time for tripping.
2:07 p.m. — GOAL. The tally is deemed good for Kaliyev to make it 2-2. He has four goals in three games, while Zegras (assist) leads the tournament with eight points now — all of them helpers.
Originally called no-goal, video review conclusively determines that the puck DID go in before dramatically rolling across the goal line.
We’re all knotted up at 2-2! pic.twitter.com/lHObhtDL6T
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 30, 2019
2:05 p.m. — A trange play unfolds in front as a potential goal for the U.S. is under review. It was originally ruled no goal for Arthur Kaliyev, but video review says otherwise.
First period: USA 1, Czech Republic 2
1:41 p.m. — GOAL. Zabransky strikes again on the two-man advantage on a backdoor one-timer. It’s 2-1 with 1:43 remaining in the opening frame.
1:39 p.m. — Team USA will go down two men as the Czech Republic goes on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:17 with Jacob Pivonka going off.
1:37 p.m. — The Czechs will get their first power play, as Mattias Samuelsson goes off for interference.
1:33 p.m. — Spencer Knight shows off his skill as he shuts down the Czechs, who gain pressure toward the end of the first.
1:28 p.m. — U.S. will get another power play as Petr Cajka goes off for holding.
1:24 p.m. GOAL. Libor Zabransky scores on a nice snapshot from the point with a screen in front to tie it for the Czechs. The captain converts on the team’s second shot of the game.
1:23 p.m. — USA is swarming as Zegras and Kaliyev get a couple of good chances in front.
1:14 p.m. — GOAL. Shane Pinto receives a behind the net pass in front and strikes on the power play, putting the puck through the five-hole of Lukas Parik. USA takes an early 1-0 lead on Pinto’s fifth point of the tournament.
1:13 p.m. — Great chance for the U.S. as Hall drives to the net, drawing a penalty as Kucerik goes off for hooking. USA gets a power play.
1:11 p.m. — Zegras makes an impressive drive to the net but it’s stopped, as he and Kucerik get into a small scrum behind the net.
1:09 p.m. — The puck is dropped and here we go.
12:40 p.m. — Warmups are underway.
12:30 p.m. — Lines are in for Monday’s matchup.
USA and the Czech Republic at 1:00 PM EST today as well, USA would move back into 1st place in Group B with a victory as they close out the round robin stage, while the Czechs look to avoid the relegation round while playing down a man with Jan Šir injured #WorldJuniors #WJC2020 pic.twitter.com/RACcSJEr9h
— Brandon Holmes (@BHolmes_Hockey) December 30, 2019