Belgium 3, Australia 2: Australia had leads at two separate times, but the newly promoted team from Belgium pulled through in the end with a 3-2 victory. The game started off with a goal 11:43 into the contest by Sydney Ice Dogs youngster Casey Kubara. The lead would last for over a period until Patrick Van Norten’s goal 13 minutes into the second period tied the game up at one apiece. Belgium had another chance at a lead early in the third period when Jamie Campbell was called for delay of game. However, Emiel Goris’ attempt at scoring on the penalty shot went unsuccessful, keeping the game tied at one. Tomas Sak’s wrist shot with seven minutes to go gave the Aussies the late 2-1 lead, and for almost the rest of the game, it looked like it was the final marker. However, Brent Van Rooy’s goal with the extra attacker in the final minute forced the game to overtime. Van Rooy proved to be the hero in the extra frame, converting on an original shot attempt by Goris to win the game 3-2 for Belgium.
Croatia 4, Serbia 0: Croatia had a solid start to the U20 World Junior tournament, shutting out their rivals from Serbia 4-0 in the opening game. KHL Zagreb prospect Luka Jarčov got the game started off quickly, scoring Croatia’s first goal just 32 seconds into the game. Usually, when something like that happens, it means the game will likely be a barn burner, but it proved to be the only goal before the third period. In the third, it would be Jarcov stealing the spotlight once again with the 2-0 goal seven minutes into the third. It wouldn’t take much longer for the team to make it 3-0 as Luka Vukoja continued the streak of players named Luka scoring with the 3-0 goal less than a minute later. Serbia’s struggling game continued with 11 seconds to go, as Ivan Jankovic made it 4-0 to end the game and give the Croatians the victory to start off the tournament.
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