Slovakian Juraj Slavkovsky was among the top picks in the upcoming National Hockey League draft, scoring twice in a 4-2 win over France in the World Hockey Championship preliminary round match held in Helsinki, Finland.
The young skater participated in the nets of veteran Thomas Tatar at the beginning of the middle half, as well as the nets of Pavol Regenda, with a few seconds remaining in the confrontation.
The latter also opened registration in the first period. His other goal was Samuel Takac, while Patrick Ribar blocked 16 shots.
Among the representatives of France, Alexandre Teixier and Tim Buzon returned empty-handed. Jordan Perrett and Anthony Rich scored. Henri Corentin Buysse faced 27 rounds.
Returning to Slavkovsky, some observers have stated that his name was the first to be chosen at an amateur auction, prior to Shane Wright. Al-Kindi holds this choice as well.
Americans start to explode
The United States scored three goals at 4:25 in the first half on Friday to easily beat Latvia 4-1 in Tampere.
Former Montreal Canadiens Riley Barber started the decisive push in the eighth minute of play, and then, midway through the game, Seth Jones cheated the vigil of his former Columbus Blue Jackets teammate, Elvis Merslikins. Striker Thomas Bordello completed the American scoring streak after 78 seconds.
Sam Lafferty widened the difference after returning from the locker room, while Alex Galchenyuk got an assist during the match. The possible presence of Habs Sean Farrell was examined. Strauss-Mann blocked 24 shots, only surrendering to Andres Desirens early in the third inning. The winners will face Austria on Sunday.
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