Four Devils prospects compete in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship: Alex Holtz (Sweden), Shakir Mukhamadullin (Russia), Luke Hughes (United States) and Jakub Malek (Czechia). Holtz and Mukhamadullin played on Monday. Read the recaps of the game below:
SWEDEN 3, SLOVAKIA 0
Swedish goalkeeper Jesper Wallstedt made 48 saves to lead Sweden to a 3-0 victory over Slovakia.
Devils prospect Alexander Holtz was sidelined in 15:21 of ice time, leading his club with six shots on goal.
Sweden were outscored 13-4 in the first period, but scored the only goal. In the second the shots were 17-15 for Slovakia, but again the only goal was Sweden’s, sending the game into the final quarter with Tre Kronor 2-0.
In the third, due to a five-minute major, Slovakia had an extended male advantage as well as a male advantage of 1:10. They also pulled out their goalie for an extra striker with eight minutes left to create a six-on-three situation. Slovakia took six shots on goal in just over a minute of play but failed to resolve Wallstedt.
The final number of shots in the match was 48-27 for Slovakia.
Sweden’s next game is against the United States on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET. You can watch it on NHL Network.
RUSSIA 4, SWITZERLAND 2
Russia bounced back from their opening loss to beat Switzerland 4-2. Devils prospect Shakir Mukhamadullin had 19:40 of ice time, just 59 seconds behind the team lead in minutes and tied for the team lead with 31 teams. He had no points, no shots, and even a plus / minus rating.
The Russians took a 3-0 lead in the first period before Switzerland’s Attilio Biasca scored with 1:04 left in the first to send him to intermission with Russia leading 3-1.
Neither team scored in the second, but Russia scored in the middle of the third to extend their lead to 4-1. Switzerland scored late in the game to advance to the final 4-2.
Russia dominated Switzerland 32-18.
The next stop for Russia will be a Wednesday game against Slovakia at 4:30 p.m. ET. This game can be seen on NHL Network.
GERMANY 2, CZECHIA 1
Germany’s Alexander Blank scored in overtime to lead them against Czechia 2-1. Devils prospect Jakub Malek was the backup goaltender in that game.
Czechia will play against Finland on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. ET. You can watch it on NHL Network.