Panthers at the WJC: Anton Lundell scores again in Finland’s win over Switzerland
Devon Levi stops 17 shots for Canada
Florida Panthers prospect Anton Lundell scored a goal and added an assist as Finland got by Switzerland by a 4-1 count at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton.
Lundell drove to the net to put a pass from linemate Kasper Simontaival home to tie the score 4:20 into the first period. The goal came 46 seconds after Switzerland opened the scoring and was Lundell’s second goal of the tournament.
Looks like Roni Hirvonen was vultured for the free tap-in by Anton Lundell.— Raine Hernandez (@BringerOfRaine) December 27, 2020
All jokes aside, Hirvonen/Lundell/Simontaival line has been very productive.#WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/3spGQQXY7z
Lundell would draw the secondary assist on Simontaival’s power-play goal with 3:11 remaining in regulation which completed the scoring.
🚨🇫🇮 Simontaival delivers a perfect shot and puts @leijonat up 4-1 over @SwissIceHockey. #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/kzKs8A0tkB— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) December 27, 2020
The 19-year-old center logged 17:01 TOI and finished the game with three shots on goal and a +1 rating. Lundell won 14 of the 20 faceoffs he took and was called for slashing midway through the third period.
Defenseman Kasper Puutio logged 14:35 of ice time for the Finns and posted a +1 rating. Puutio was on the ice for Lundell’s even strength marker and Simontaival’s clinching power-play goal.
Goaltender Devon Levi made his second start and stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced in Canada’s tough 3-1 win over Slovakia. Canada is now 2-0 and leads Group A on goal differential. Levi was 1:24 away from a shutout before Martin Chromiak scored a power-play goal to pull the Slovaks within a goal. Jack Quinn would score into an empty net with 13 seconds left to complete the scoring.
In the other game on Sunday, the Czech Republic upset Russia 2-0, putting Sweden in the driver’s seat in Group B.
Sweden (Emil Heineman) vs. Austria 6 p.m. NHL Network
Slovakia vs. Germany 9:30 p.m. NHL Network