World Juniors Update
Two days in to the World Junior Hockey Championships and things could be said to be unfolding the way anyone would imagine.
In Pool A, Switzerland, led by NY Islanders draft pick Nino Niederreiter‘s 2 points, scored a 4-3 victory against Germany. The USA needed an overtime winner from Nick Bjugstad to get by Finland. Team USA may have lost Chicago prospect Jeremy Morin to a shoulder injury, though he will be evaluated for the severity of the injury. Brock Gordon, a forward from the Islanders, also left with an injury.
In Pool B, Canada played a physical game plan, and wore the Russians down. The game remained close through the end of 2 periods, but 3 goals in the third secured a 6-3 victory. In the pool’s other game, Sweden routed Norway 7-1, outshooting them 46-11.
The second day of games saw Slovakia gain an overtime win against Germany to keep the Germans at the bottom of Pool B. The Czech Republic got their tournament underway with a 2-0 shoutout on Norway.
After everyone has played at least one game, it would appear that Norway and Germany will need help to avoid relegation. The usual hockey powers, USA, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech will battle it out for positioning in the roound robin.