The strong play of Carter Mazur wasn’t enough to prevent USA from being ousted by Czechia 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the World Junior Championships.
Mazur had pulled the previously unbeaten Americans within a goal in the third period. He was also robbed on a scoring chance a few minutes later. But Czechia netted an empty netter to secure the victory.
Tournament officials named Mazur as USA’s Player of the game and he was also named one of USA’s top three players in the tournament. He was USA’s leading goal scorer with five goals in five games. The 20-year left wing will be a sophomore on Denver’s team this fall.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) August 18, 2022
Red Savage of Miami (Ohio) University had a strong tournament with two goals and three points in five games as a role player. He was +5 in the tournament. He will also be a sophomore this season.
Detroit prospect Jan Bednar was one of the Czech goalies. But he was not the goalie who knocked out the Americans. Tomas Suchanek is now the starter. Czechia will face Canada in one Friday semifinal and the Finns will take on Finland in the other.
Here are Red Wings’ prospects who will be playing in the semifinals:
Defenseman Simon Edvinsson: He has been undermined by illness, but we have certainly seen enough to understand why the Red Wings believe he has a chance to play in Detroit this season. He has two points in four games.
Defenseman William Wallinder: The 6-foot-4 defender has been a bit inconsistent, but he assisted on the game-winner in the quarterfinal against Latvia. He has two points.
Center Theodor Niederbach: Just like the Swedes in general, Niederbach hasn’t been as dominant as Detroit fans hoped he would be. But he has one goal and three points.
Defenseman Eemil Viro: He’s played in Finland top four throughout the tournament and he’s been steady and effective. He doesn’t have any points and hasn’t demonstrated much offensive flair.
Defenseman Donovan Sebrango: The stay-at-home defenseman has been a dependable performer throughout the tournament. He logged 20+ minutes in the 6-3 quarterfinal win against Switzerland. He has two assists and he’s +5.
Goalie Sebastian Cossa: The Red Wings’ 2021 first-round pick hasn’t gotten the opportunity to show what he can do. New York Rangers prospect Dylan Garand has played all but one of the games. Cossa did beat Latvia 5-3.
Goalie Jan Bednar: He lost the No. 1 job to after Tomas Suchanek after posting a 4.00 goals-against average and .854 save percentage. Suchanek’s save percentage is now .924.