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August 15, 2022, 5:16 AM ET [359 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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1) 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship: Day 6

USA 3 - Sweden 2 (Group B)

WIth first place at stake in Group B of the preliminary round, Team USA withstood a late push from Sweden to skate off with a 3-2 victory. The Americans methodically built a 3-0 lead before goals in the latter half of the third period by Flyers defense prospect Emil Andrae and by BIK Karlskoga forward Åke Stakkestad on a power play (assisted by Andrae and Oskar Olausson) narrowed the gap to a single goal. The latter goal was scored off an Andrae rebound.while the first one was off a fortuitous bounce of the puck.

Andrae, team Sweden's captain, skated 22:39 of ice time and had five shots on goal. Matt Coronato scored twice for Team USA, Brett Berard opened the scoring in the first period and Logan Coolley later assisted on both Coronato goals.

Latvia 5 - Czechia 2 (Group A)

In the most notable upset of the preliminary round, Latvia jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never trailed subsequently on their way to a 5-2 victory. University of Vermont bound defenseman Ralfs Bergmanis, Latvia's team captain, notched a hat trick across 23:26 of ice time. The Czechs unexpectedly dropped to fourth place in Group A while the Latvians moved up to third.

Finland 9 - Slovakia 3 (Group A)

A four-goal outburst in the second period broke open a 2-1 game and helped spur Team Finland to a 9-3 blowout win over last-place Slovakia on Sunday. LA Kings draftee Kasper Simontaival (three points) and Edmonton Oilers prospect Joel Määttä scored two goals apiece for the FInns. The line of Islanders prospect Atu Räty (one goal and two assists), Nashville Predators draftee Joakim Kemell (two assists) and Toronto prospect Roni Hirvonen (one goal, one assist) enjoyed another multi-point game together.

2) Monday is the final day of the preliminary round. Team Canada (Tyson Foerster, Elliot Desnoyers) will play Finland, Sweden (Andrae) will play Germany, and Switzerland (Brian Zanetti) wraps up against Germany.

3) The Flyers have resigned restricted free agent (10.2 (c)) forward Jackson Cates to a one-year contract per Capfriendly. The one-year, two-way contract will pay $775,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 if he's in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

4) On the weekly Mondays with Meltzer edition of the Flyers Daily, Jason Myrtetus and I discuss -- apart from being greater than the sum of the parts and overachieving in 2022-23 -- what the Flyers longer-term hope might be for the team's identity. We also talk about Tyson Foerster and the WJC. To listen, click here.

5) Aug. 15 marks the calendar deadline date by which NHL teams either must sign their NCAA prospects who completed their senior year or relinquish their exclusive signing rights. Offensive minded Boston College (previously at Yale prior to the pandemic) defenseman Jack St.Ivany and North Dakota forward Gavin Hain are set to become UFAs. The Flyers selected St. Ivany in the 4th round (112th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, while Hain was drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) of the same Draft. The 2018 Draft was the final one of the Ron Hextall/Chris Pryor era.
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