Each day throughout the World Junior Championship tournament, Second City Hockey will provide updates on how the Blackhawks’ prospects are performing. For more coverage on the tournament, visit the World Juniors 2019 section on the main page or secondcityhockey.com/world-juniors-2019.
Russia 2, Czech Republic 1
Czech defenseman Jakub Galvas (2017 fifth-rounder) was held off the scoresheet and was a minus-1 rating in 20:51 of ice time.
Artyom Galimov and Nikolai Kovalenko (2018 sixth by Avalanche) both scored power-play goals for Russia.
Galvas had a secondary assist in Czech Republic’s 2-1 overtime win over Switzerland on Wednesday.
Up next: Czech Republic vs. Canada (7 p.m. Saturday)
United States 8, Kazakhstan 2
American center Evan Barratt (2017 third-rounder) had eight shots and was a plus-1 in 14:46 of ice time. Barratt’s best scoring chance came in the first period, but Kazakhstan goalie Vladislav Nurek came up with the stop.
Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NHL draft, was scratched for precautionary reasons. He’s day-to-day.
Joel Farabee (2018 first-rounder by Flyers) scored a hat trick just 6:52 into the game. Jason Robertson (2017 second by Stars) and Ryan Poehling (2017 first by Canadiens) had a goal and two assists. Alexander Chmelevski (2017 sixth by Sharks), Tyler Madden (2018 third by Canucks) and Josh Norris (2017 first by Senators) each scored one goal.
Barratt, a Penn State sophomore, was named the team’s player of the game against Slovakia after scoring the game-winner Thursday.
Up next: United States vs. Sweden (9:30 p.m. Saturday)