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Senators prospects at the forefront of 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship is well underway in Edmonton, Alberta. Once again, the Ottawa Senators find themselves well represented at the prestigious tournament with six prospects, including Ridly Greig, Zack Ostapchuk (Canada), Roby Jarventie, Leevi Merilainen (Finland), Tyler Kleven (USA), and Tomas Hamara (Czechia) all suiting up for their respective countries.

Check back throughout the tournament, as this story will be updated with results following each game.

Medal Round – Saturday, August 20

Bronze Medal Game: Sweden 3 – Czechia 1: Team Czechia and Tomas Hamara fell just short of earning a medal at the 2022 World Junior championships finishing fourth place. The Senators’ third-round selection collected two assists in seven appearances while finishing tied for the team lead amongst defencemen with a plus-one rating.

Gold Medal Game: Canada 3 – Finland 2 : Senators’ prospects Ridly Greig, Zack Ostapchuk and Team Canada, finished their perfect tournament with a thrilling overtime victory as they earned gold medals. Despite their loss, Roby Jarventie and Leevi Merilainen head home with silver.

Semifinals – Friday, August 19

Canada 5 – Czechia 2:  Team Canada kept their perfect record at the tournament intact with another crucial victory as they advanced to the gold medal game at the World Juniors and will play Finland on Saturday. While Team Czechia will face the Sweden in the bronze medal game.

Finland 1 – Sweden 0 :  Team Finland will skate for the gold medal after earning a hard-fought victory over their arch-rivals. Belleville Senators’ forward Roby Jarventie  continues to add to his trophy case, as he was named one of Finland’s top three players of the tournament following the contest.

Quarterfinals – Wednesday, August 17

Finland 5 – Germany 2: Team Finland is headed to the semifinals after an impressive 5-2 victory over Germany that saw Roby Jarventie collect two goals and two assists, earning player of the game honours. While Leevi Merilainen made 19 saves for his third win of the tournament. 

Canada 6 – Switzerland 3: Team Canada prevailed again, maintaining their perfect tournament by holding off Switzerland. More impressively, the win came without star forward Ridly Greig, who left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury. Canada will face Czechia in the semifinals on Friday. 

Czechia 4 – USA 2: Defenceman Tomas Hamara registered an assist as Czechia knocked Team USA out of the tournament. With the loss, Tyler Kleven will return to the University of North Dakota.

Monday, August 15

Switzerland 3 – Austria 2 

Canada 6 – Finland 3: Ridly Greig once again delivered for Canada, notching a goal and an assist, earning his second player of the game honour this tournament. Zack Ostapchuk also added a helper of his own as the hosts secured a first-place finish in Group A. With the win, they’ll face Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Roby Jarventie notched his second tally of the tournament, and Leevi Merilainen made 31 saves as Finland fell for the first time in the tournament. They will play Germany in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Sweden 4 – Germany 2

Sunday. August 14

Finland 9 – Slovakia 3: As Finland continued their strong showing at the World Juniors on Sunday, Belleville Senators forward Roby Jarventie tallied his first multi-point game of the tournament, collecting two assists. The Tampere native has four points (1G, 3A) over three appearances.

Latvia 5 – Czechia 2: In spite of their loss to Latvia, Czechia and Tomas Hamara are off to the quarterfinals finishing Group A in fourth place. 

USA 3 – Sweden 2: Team USA and Tyler Kleven held on to complete the Preliminary Round with a perfect (4-0-0-0) record to finish in first place in Group B. They will take on Tomas Hamara and Czechia in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Saturday, August 13

USA  7 – Austria 0: Team USA continued their string of convincing wins with another dominant performance to stay perfect at the tournament. Tyler Kleven was a plus-1 and logged over twenty minutes of playing time in the win.

Canada 5 – Czechia 1: Ridly Greig tallied his second goal of the tournament after he redirected a pass home with the man advantage helping Canada en route to another victory. Czechia defenceman Tomas Hamara was a plus-1 while leading his team with a time on ice of 23:55.

Germany 3 – Switzerland 2 

Friday, August 12

Sweden 6 – Austria 0

Slovakia 3 – Latvia 2 (SO)

Thursday, August 11

Finland 3 – Czechia 2: Roby Jarventie played hero, scoring in both regulation time and in the shootout, while netminder Leevi Merilainen made 23 saves in the win as Finland improved to 2-0 at the World Juniors.

Canada 11 – Slovakia 1: Zack Ostapchuk tallied his first goal of the tournament, and Ridly Greig registered an assist as  Canada continued their winning ways with another dominant performance.

USA  7 – Switzerland 1: The USA concluded day three at the World Juniors with an impressive offensive showing, tallying seven times over the final forty minutes of play. Senators’ defensive prospect Tyler Kleven had 18:55 of ice time and took two shots on net in the win.

Wednesday, August 10

Sweden 3 – Switzerland 2

Canada  5 – Latvia – 2: Ridly Greig didn’t have to wait long to make an immediate impact. The Lethbridge native was named Team Canada’s player of the game after recording two points with a highlight-reel goal and an assist. Fellow Senators prospect Zack Ostapchuk also appeared on the scoresheet, collecting a helper as the hosts began their round-robin schedule with a convincing win.

Germany 4 – Austria 2 

Tuesday, August 9

Czechia  5 – Slovakia  4: The tournament opener surely didn’t disappoint as Czechia rallied from 4-2 down late in the third, eventually finding the game-winner with 1:50 left to play. Senators’ third-round selection Tomas Hamara impressed in his World Junior debut, taking two shots on goal while being a plus-1 in the win.

Finland  6 – Latvia 1: Belleville Senators forward Roby Jarventie didn’t have to wait to make his mark finding the scoresheet, collecting his first point of the tournament with an assist in the second period. At the same time, goaltender Leevi Merilainen secured the win by making 19 saves as Finland routed Latvia.

USA  5 – Germany  1: Tyler Kleven was instrumental in helping the USA in a decisive victory over Germany in their opening contest of the tournament. He currently ranks tied for second best among defenders on his team with a plus-2 rating.

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