27 December 2011
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.
-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)
-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)
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