2019 World Junior A Challenge

2019 World Junior A Challenge | Star of the Day


Devon Levi (G) – Canada East & Yegor Guskov (G) – Russia
One was MVP, the other was on the tournament all-star team. On Sunday night, it wasn’t hard to see why. The goaltenders went save-for-save for more than 84 minutes in a gold medal classic, allowing just a single goal each through regulation and the first overtime. Levi finished with 39 saves, while Guskov turned aside 31 of 32.


Devon Levi (G) – Canada East
Is it the best goaltending performance in WJAC history? If not, it’s in the conversation. Levi stared down the vaunted U.S. offence during a 41-save performance in regulation and overtime, and stopped the tournament’s top three scorers – Brisson, Fontaine and Farrell – in the shootout to backstop East to the gold medal game.


Robin Vsetecka (F) – Czech Republic
Few expected the Czechs to finish the preliminary round in second place, particularly when they trailed East 3-1 to start the second period. But Vsetecka, who had an assist in the first period, picked up a goal and a helper in the second and added a third assist on the GWG in the third to spark a come-from-behind win.


Matej Morong (F) – Czech Republic
The Czechs are headed back to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row thanks to an early onslaught against West, and it was Morong leading the way. He recorded three points in just under six minutes in the first period, sandwiching a pair of goals around a primary assist to give his team all the offence it needed.


Matthew Davis (G) – Canada West
The Canadians needed a big performance to help get their tournament back on track, and their goaltender delivered. Davis was lights out from the first drop of the puck, shutting down a talented Russian offence to the tune of 25 saves through regulation and overtime, before he turned away four of five in the shootout.


Gunnarwolfe Fontaine (F) – United States
What a name, what a game. Fontaine provided the fireworks for the U.S. in its come-from-behind triumph over the Czechs, whipping in a wicked wrister with just 2:27 left to force overtime before racing away and swatting in his own rebound early in the extra period to keep the defending champions without a loss.


Ayrton Martino (F) – Canada East
He was on the scoresheet early, he was the on the scoresheet late and he did plenty in between. Martino was the straw that stirred the drink for East in an all-Canadian win over West, finishing with four points – he scored the first goal early in the first period and the last goal late in the third, and added assists on two others.


Sean Farrell (F) – United States
Farrell needed all of eight minutes and 31 seconds to turn a deficit into a lead for the Americans, scoring from two very different spots on the ice. His first goal was a wrist shot from 60 feet that found its way through traffic, while the second was a clean-up-on-aisle-three rebound from about a foot-and-a-half.

2019 WJAC: USA 2 – CZE 1 OT (Bronze)
Kuntar was the overtime hero, giving the Americans the bronze medal.
2019 WJAC: RUS 2 – CANE 1 2OT (Gold)
2019 WJAC: CANE 2 – USA 1 SO (Semifinal)
Levi made 41 saves to backstop East into the gold medal game.
2019 WJAC: RUS 5 – CZE 1 (Semifinal)
Tyutnev scored a natural hat trick to help Russia back to the final.
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