The two speedy wingers were working out together at the Washington Capitals development camp just three short weeks ago and ended the week-long camp as teammates for the prospect scrimmage. But on Monday night the Capitals’ prospects were on opposite sides in a battle of nations.
Monday night brought the conclusion of the first round of the 2022-23 World Junior Championship in Edmonton. The final game of the preliminary round featured Washington Capitals prospects Oskar Magnusson (Team Sweden) and Haakon Hanelt (Team Germany) going head-to-head. Sweden took the victory, 4-2.
Magnusson would grab the spotlight in the first period with a nice wrister that dented the twine. The tally gave Sweden a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
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Haakon Hanelt was more noticeable in the second period of the contest, and had this nice rush for a wrap-around attempt late in the middle frame.
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Magnusson would win player of the game for Sweden. All “player of the game” winners receive a special hand painted stick created by a local indigenous artist.
Both Capitals prospects will advance to the medal round, which begins on Wednesday.
After a day off on Tuesday the four quarter-final games will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday:
- Finland vs. Germany 10:00 (18:00 CET, 19:00 EET)
- Sweden vs. Latvia 13:30 (21:30 CET, 22:30 EET)
- Canada vs. Switzerland 17:00 (7pm ET, 4pm PT, 1:00 CET)
- USA vs. Czechia 20:30 (10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT, 4:30 CET)
The semi-finals will be played on Friday and be reseeded according to the following seeding based on the preliminary-round results: 1. Canada, 2. USA, 3. Sweden, 4. Finland, 5. Germany, 6. Latvia, 7. Czechia, 8. Switzerland.
Of the four remaining teams the best-ranked team will play against the lowest-ranked semi-finalist. The 2nd-best ranked semi-finalist will play the 3rd-best ranked semi-finalist. The host, if qualified, or otherwise the best-ranked semi-finalist according to aforementioned criteria, will play the early game.
The medal games will be played on Saturday, 20 August 2022.
By Jon Sorensen