While yesterday all five of the Caps World Juniors prospects were in action, only Philipp Grubauer of Germany. Despite giving up four goals in the first period of his debut yesterday and being pulled after that period, he got the nod again tonight. This time he got through the first without a problem, stopping every piece of rubber that came his way. He let in a goal just eight seconds into the second period, Germany was able to recover and tie it up at one before the end of the frame.
Grubauer held up under siege toward the end of the third period, and the teams headed into overtime tied at 1. Just over a minute into the extra frame, Germany took a penalty. Slovakia was able to convert with just under a minute and a half before the shootout would have begun.
This brings Grubauer’s World Junior record to 0-1-1. He doesn’t have as strong a team to work with as the other Caps prospects, as last year Germany wasn’t even eligible for the tournament. The overtime loss to Slovakia is respectable for the German program.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), Cody Eakin and team Canada take on the Czech Republic at 4:00pm. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and the rest of team Russia will take on Marcus Johansson’s home land in team Sweden at 7:00pm. Patrick Wey and team USA will play Slovakia at 8:00pm, while Grubauer and team Germany get their first day off of the tournament.