Day 2 of the World Junior Championships gave us some awesome upsets, making the group standings look interesting. Without the United States playing yesterday, we saw two Europeans teams pull out big wins and keep their hopes alive of landing a top-2 spot in their groups. With that, let’s take a look at the action.
Switzerland 4 - Czech Republic 3 (OT)
After giving up 2-0 and 3-1 leads, team Switzerland pulled out the overtime victory with a breakaway from Nico Hischier. Jakub Zboril had 2 assists for the Czechs, including one on the game tying goal by Filip Chlapik with 16 seconds left in the game. It didn’t take long in OT, however, for Hischier to give the Swiss the win.
The Swiss beat the Czechs in OT https://t.co/dYvVUBpon8— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) December 27, 2016
Russia 9 - Latvia 1
Oh Latvia. You put up a good fight. Rudolfs Balcers got the only Latvian goal in the second period, but it was literally all Russia from there. 9 goals, 40 shots, a hat trick from Kirill Kaprizov, just utter dominance. I don’t think anyone is really sure why either team used its timeouts, Russia up 7-1 about to go on a 5-on-3 with 10 minutes to go and the Latvians very late in the game, but the result would have been the same regardless.
Latvia calls timeout down 9-1 with 2:36 to go ... not sure why— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 27, 2016
Canada 5 - Slovakia 0
Things are going terribly wrong for Slovakia. pic.twitter.com/L9AJl7TTaV— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 28, 2016
Need I explain more? You sure? Slovakia had 6 shots on net THE ENTIRE GAME. Bruins prospect Jeremy Lauzon got Canada on the board early in the second and it went downhill from there. 4-0 after 2, Michael McLeod put the icing on the cake in relatively clean third period for both teams. With the win, Canada leads Group B (for now), and Slovakia, well, doesn’t look great. Apologies to UConn and Slovakian goalie Adam Huska (pronounced HOO-ska).
Denmark 3 - Finland 2
The reigning champions take another loss and sink themselves to the bottom of the group A standings. How could this be? They got 36 shots on net compared to just 10 for Denmark? It’s a problem when you have to catch up from a 3-0 deficit. Goals from William Boyson, David Madsen and Joachim Blichfeld put the Danes in a remarkable lead, which was almost spoiled thanks to Urho Vaakanainen and Providence College forward Kasper Bjorkqvist.
So what lies ahead for Day 3? It’s the United States’ turn to take on Slovakia in Toronto, while a confident Switzerland comes off their OT win to take on Sweden in Montreal.