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Links: The World Junior Championship Report | December

The United States, Canada and Sweden opened the IIHF World Junior Championships yesterday with large victories in their respective matches. The U.S. clobbered Denmark 11-3, The Canadians rolled over Finland 8-1 and Sweden downed Latvia 9-4.

From an Islander stand point it was a successful opening night for their prospects. Ryan Strome tallied a goal in the third period of the 8-1 win. He also added assists on Canada’s first goal and fourth goal. Johan Sundstrom, the Islanders second round draft pick in 2011, had an assist in Sweden’s victory and finished the game a plus-2.

The United States does not have any Islanders prospects on its’ roster, but as an American We’re pulling for the boys in red, white and blue.

WJC Headlines:

-Canada wins, but loses Smith-Pelly to broken bone. (Buzzing the Net)

-Five-point day boosts Huberdeau’s confidence — and his Q rating. (Buzzing the Net)

-Swedes sloppy in rout of Latvia. (Postmedia News)

-Hats off to Team Canada, goalie Mark Visentin. (Globe & Mail)

-Canada Finishes off Finland in Opening Game. (The Hockey Writers)

-Scrutiny Surrounds US Defenceman Jon Merrill. (The Hockey Writers)

-USA, Canada win big in world junior openers. (Associated Press)

-WJC Day One: Russia Blanks Switzerland; US, Canada Win Big. (Tonight’s Healthy Scratches)

-2012 WJC: USA vs. Denmark Reviewed. (The United States of Hockey)

-US wins by 8 despite intentionally mediocre effort. (The Sleeping Giant)