Day two of the World Junior Hockey Championships are in the books. Canada and the Czech Republic wanted to add another victory, while Finland, Russia, Latvia, and Denmark all hoped for bounce-back wins. Meanwhile, Slovakia and Switzerland made their debuts and looked to get off on the right foot.
The day started off in Montreal between the Czech Republic and Switzerland. The Swiss controlled the game, leading 3-1 with 10 minutes left in the game, the Czechs fought back. Ottawa Senators prospect Filip Chlapik sparked the comeback when he cut the lead to one. Then he tied the game with 16.6 seconds left in the third period.
In overtime, the magic ran out for the Czechs. After turning the puck over in their own zone, it sprung Nico Hischier for a breakaway and the 17-year-old won it for the Swiss.
Player of the game: Nico Hischier
The Halifax Mooseheads forward scored the decisive goal in overtime to help get the Swiss team off on the right foot.
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Latvia tried to bounce back from a 6-1 loss to the United States. Unfortunately, they ran into a Russian team who lost the night before to Canada. It became a 9-1 trouncing of the Latvians by the Russians, not much else to say.
Player of the game: Team Russia
In a 9-1 win, the entire Russian team decided to take out their anger on Latvia after their loss to team Canada the night before.
The game of the day featured the Finland and Denmark. Two goals from three shots on the net had the Danes in control from the get-go. Another goal saw Denmark take a 3-0 lead heading into the third, but the Finns did not go down easily. Two unanswered goals from Finland made the game interesting heading into the minutes of the game. However, the Finns would throw the kitchen sink but to no avail.
Player of the game: Kasper Krog
The Danish goaltender made 34 saves versus Finland, holding the late attack to help Denmark pull off the upset.
Slovakia only mustered six shots on net, not much more in a 5-0 loss to Canada. Although it did not start out as a blowout after a 0-0 tie heading into the first intermission. Nonetheless, in the second period, Canada pulled away to cruise to an easy victory.
Player of the game: Connor Ingram
Facing only six shots all night, Connor Ingram deserves some recognition for being able to not die of boredom while in net.