Lundkvist’s Two Points Not Enough To Stop Russia

Nils Lundkvist (Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)

For the seven New York Ranger prospects in action on Saturday, the results were a mixed bag. For the New York Ranger fans, those same results suggest some very talented prospects are on their way. The World Under-20 Championships are down to the medal games on Sunday, sadly none of the five Rangers prospects are going to win gold.

Nils Lundkvist had a 1-1-2 effort but Russia scored at 3:24 of overtime to knock Sweden from the unbeaten ranks and into Sunday’s third-place game.

Sweden vs. Russia (SF) – 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship from IIHF on Vimeo.

It looked like Sweden was going to have their way with Russia scoring just 16 seconds into the contest but after losing their best forward due to a “checking to the head” major penalty, the game changed. Russia was able to take advantage of the major to build a 3-1 lead before Sweden could respond.

And it was Lundkvist who set up Sweden’s second goal while they were on the power play. Lundkvist has been the power play QB for the Swedes and on this play (starts 1:45 on the clip), he has the puck near the right faceoff circle when he feeds it back to forward Samuel Fagemo who beats the Russian goalie for the goal at 14:54 of the first.

Lundkvist would finish the period in the penalty box when he took a slashing minor at 18:25 as Russia led 3-2. The Swedes would score the only goal in the second period sending the game into the third tied at 3.

Karl Henriksson #22 (Photo by Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)

In the third period, Lundkvist would score his only goal of the tournament when he snapped a shot from the right mid-point that somehow found it’s way into the back of the Russian net. The goal (starts at 3:44 of the clip) was a beauty as he somehow got the shot to go in on the left side of the post.

That would give Sweden a 4-3 lead that they were unable to protect as Russia would force overtime by tying the game with 1:25 left in regulation. For the game, Lundkvist was 1-1-2 on two shots with a -2 and the slashing minor. He played 34 shifts for a total of 20:37 (36-second average shift).

Teammate Karl Henriksson had a quiet game as because it was a penalty-filled game, Henriksson only played 13 shifts for a total of 9:28 (43-second average). Henriksson was a -1 on one shot.

Sweden will play Finland in the third-place game on Sunday.

Morgan Barron (Cornell Sun)

In Las Vegas, Morgan Barron scored twice as his second-ranked Cornell Big Red rallied to earn a 2-2 double-overtime tie with 14th-ranked Providence in the finals of the Fortress Invitational (Providence would win the tournament after a 1-0 win in the shootout round).

For Barron, the two goals were typical of the junior power forward. The first goal came when Barron attacked the Providence goal, setting up in front and powered a shot past the Providence goalie.

The second goal came with Cornell trailing 2-1 in the third and having pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. Barron would blast a “one-timer” into the Providence net to tie the game and force overtime.

For the game, Barron was 2-0-2 on five shots +2 and an interference minor. He was 6-7 on faceoffs for the game.

Overall Barron remains Cornell’s leading scorer with a 9-8-17 line after 13 games.

Tyler Wall (UMass-Lowell River Hawks)

Tyler Wall in his first start back from the holiday break stopped 24 out of 25 shots to earn his 51st career win tying him with Dwayne Roloson for the UMass-Lowell Div. I school wins record.  Wall helped his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks earn a 3-1 road win over the Merrimack Warriors.

Wall had to keep his team in the game as they got off to a slow start kept the Warriors off the scoreboard until 15:30 of the third period. The win moved the River Hawks into a first-place tie in the Hockey East with Northeastern.

For Wall who has also been named a candidate for college hockey’s Mike Ritcher award improves to 11-3-4 with a 1.69 goals against (fifth NCAA) and a 0.945 save percentage (second NCAA).

Here is a postgame interview with the senior goalie.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer Engineers made it two straight wins thanks to a 3-0 shutout of St. Lawrence in ECAC action. Kjellberg was credited with three shots but took “back-to-back” interference minors in the first period.

The Engineers improved to 8-10-1 (5-5-1 ECAC) on the season.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on three shots as his London Knights scored with 54 seconds left in overtime to defeat the Flint Firebirds 4-3. The win was the fourth-straight for the Knights who improved to 23-12-1-1 on the season.

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