Canada faces the Czech Republic Thursday night in a semifinal at the world junior hockey championship in Buffalo. The Canadian squad blasted Switzerland 8-2 in its quarterfinal on Tuesday. The other semifinal between the U-S and Sweden will be played in the afternoon, with the medal games set for Friday.
The Charlottetown Islanders play the Rimouski Oceanic at home Thursday night at Eastlink Centre.
Detroit scored six seconds into overtime to learn a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The goal tied an N-H-L record for
fastest overtime goal in the regular season. The win was Detroit’s third straight.
The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals in the third period en route to a 5-2 road win over the New York Rangers in the only other N-H-L contest Wednesday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights have rewarded Jonathan Marchessault. The Knights signed their scoring leader to a six-year, 30 million-dollar U-S contact extension. Marchessault has 15 goals and a career-high 22 assists after being taken in the expansion draft as an unrestricted free agent last summer.