IIHF World Junior Championship Sees Scoring as Trend of the Day (Video)


Unlike the first day of the IIHF World Junior Championship, leads were safe and scoring was the name of the game for teams. Sweden and Canada took home wins while two surprise teams, Switzerland and Slovakia also won. Two teams, Sweden and Switzerland both scored 5 goals in each of their games. Canada was slowed a little and scored half of what they scored in their opening game.

Here is how the day looked


Sweden 5, Denmark 1

A day after Denmark was so close to their first World Juniors win, the last thing the team probably wanted to do was play a Swedish team who netted five goals against The Czech Republic the day before. Sweden picked up where they left off yesterday and quickly got up four goals before Denmark even scored their first goal.

William Nylander had a goal in the game, but it was teammate Jacob de la Rose who was the stand out for Sweden. De la Rose had three points in the game with a goal and two assists. Anton Blide and Sebastian Aho also added a goal each in the Sweden win.

Swedish goalie Linus Soderstorm made 19 of 20 saves, while Denmark goalie Geogr Sorensen was 6-9 and was pulled before the start of the second period. His replacement Thomas Lillie made 33 of 35 saves and may take over in net for the team in future games.

And just because I enjoy watching this team play, here are their highlights from this game if you couldn’t see it.

Finland 1, Slovakia 2

The upset of the day has got to be Slovakia beating the defending champions Finland 2-1. Finland lost in a shootout to the USA the prior day while Slovakia got beat down by Canada 8-0. Slovakia was looking to redeem themselves after the harsh loss and did so in a close game.

Finland’s only goal was by Mikko Rantanen early in the first period. Peter Cehlarik for Slovakia tied the game up two minutes later. Then in the the second period Slovakia took the lead on a Matus Holenda goal. A good defense by the Slovakian team and Finland going 0-2 on the powerplay clinched the win for Slovakia. It wasn’t like Finland wasn’t trying, the team out shot Slovakia 38-12 in the game.

With Finland’s second loss in the tournament, their next two games become must wins for them if they want to stay in the thick of the points battle.

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Switzerland 5, Czech Republic 2

In the second upset of the day, Switzerland beat the Czech Republic 5-2. The Switzerland team came out scoring early with a goal by Kevin Fiala 46 seconds into the game. Yet the Czechs tied the game 58 seconds later thanks to Marek Ruzicka, adding another goal by Lucas Klok three minutes later.

On a power play late in the first period a Switzerland goal by Flala tied the game up and they didn’t let up on the gas after that. In the second period goals from Noah Rod, Tim Wieser and Luca Fazzini to give the Swiss a 5-2 win. This was Switzerland’s first game of the tournament and watching they seemed much fresher than the Czech team who played the day prior.

Canada 4, Germany 0

Not fully sure what you do to impress after a 8-0 destruction of a team on the opening night of the tournament, but winning is probably a good start which is what team Canada did beating Germany 4-0. Which even though Germany lost, this team made Canada look not as scary good as their opening game did.

What hurt Germany in this game was going 0-6 on the power play. Germany had 6 power play chances and couldn’t net a single goal. Where Canada won this game was also the power play, they were 3 for 4 on the power play. Goals for Canada came from Connor McDavid, Curtis Lazar, Max Domi and Madison Bowey.

Eric Comrie got the shut out for Canada. Comrie playing in his first world juniors game for team Canada showed little nevers. With this Canadian team it seems if they do win it all, it might be on the back of the two goalies the team has. Both of them have registered shutouts in their games and have looked very good.

What is up next: December 28th games

Only two games are slated for the day.

Russia vs Switzerland at 5pm

United States vs Germany at 8pm