Filip Mesar and Slovakia surprise USA

Filip Mesar and Slovakia surprise USA


One twist does not wait for the other at the World Junior Hockey Championship! Slovakia scored three times in the second period to edge the United States 6-3 on Wednesday in Moncton. 

Until then undefeated since the start of the competition, the Americans have experienced a nightmare similar to that which Canada went through against the Czech Republic on Monday. And like their neighbors to the north, the representatives of Uncle Sam received a major penalty in the second period.

This time it was forward Kenny Connors who was punished and expelled from the game. He struck a violent check on defender David Natny with 2 min 26 s. to do in the middle period, preventing his team from returning to the game.

Moments earlier, Montreal Canadiens gem Filip Mesar doubled the Slovak lead. His shot from the point made its way into the American cage, allowing him to pick up his first point of the tournament.

The Habs' other prospect in action, Lane Hutson, also experienced a good game. Gavin Brindley deftly deflected his shot from the blue line to give Rand Pecknold's men the lead in the first period.

Future first-round pick Dalibor Dvorsky tied the game in the middle, however. Within 3 min 19 sec. which followed, Robert Baco and Mesar added their two cents to make it 4-2.

Libor Nemec also threaded the needle for the Slovaks, while Tyler Boucher shone in the defeat by scoring twice.

Alex Ciernik sealed the outcome of the match in an empty net at the end of the game.

In addition, a scrum broke out with a few seconds left run out when forward Robert Baco went after Brindley in the corner of the rink. After being ejected from the game, Baco aroused the ire of the Americans by mocking them as he left the ice.