World Juniors: Nightly Update, Players of the Day and More.

BY Fansided and Matt Duscharme/FanSided via Puck Prose • December 27, 2016

Day One of the World Juniors is Over, Who Won? Who Lost? and Who Were the Top Players of the Week? We’re Here to Let You Know!

Day one of the World Juniors kicked off today, and to say the least, every game was amazing. While some teams got blown out score wise, they were still very entertaining to watch. The Czech’s surprised everyone with a defeat over the reigning Gold Medal Champions from Finland. While Canada and Russia renewed an old rivalry in a fierce game that was very close.

The other two games from Monday weren’t fairly close, though, with the United States thumping Latvia. And Sweden showing off why they are potential threats with a huge win over Denmark.

Game Results:
Sweden (6) vs. Denmark (1)
Latvia (1) vs. United States (6)
Finland (1) vs. Czech Republic (2)
Russia (3) vs. Canada (5)

Oct 2, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Dylan Strome (20) watches the puck during the second period against the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Player Stats:
F Mathew Barzal (CAN) – 1G – 2A – 3PTS
F Alexander Nylander (SWE) – 2G – 0A – 2PTS
F Joel Eriksson Ek (SWE) – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
F Carl Grundstrom (SWE) – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
F Kirill Kaprizov (RUS) – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
F Clayton Keller (USA) – 2G – 0A – 2PTS
D Rasmus Dahlin (SWE) – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
D Yegor Rykov (RUS) – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
F Dylan Strome (CAN) – 2G – 0A- 2PTS
F Troy Terry (USA) – 0G – 2A – 2PTS
F Tage Thompson (USA) – 0G – 2A – 2PTS
F Colin White (USA) – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
D Casey Fitzgerald (USA) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
D Adam Fox (USA) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Julien Gauthier (CAN) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Jordan Greenway (USA) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
F Jeremy Bracco (USA) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
F Denis Guryanov (RUS) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Patrick Harper (USA) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
D Eduards Jansons (LAT) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Tyson Jost (CAN) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
D Gabriel Carlsson (SWE) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
D Lucas Carlsson (SWE) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Nikolaj Krag (DEN) – 1G – 0A- 1PT
F Renars Krastenbergs (LAT) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
D Daniel Krenzelok (CZE) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
F Luke Kunin (USA) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
D Oliver Kylington (SWE) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Joona Luoto (FIN) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
F Adam Musil (CZE) – 0A – 1A – 1PT
D Philippe Myers (CAN) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Martin Necas (CZE) – 0A- 1A – 1PT
D Thomas Chabot (CAN) – OG – 1A – 1PT
F Jonas Rondbjerg (DEN) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Nicolas Roy (CAN) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
F Jonathan Dahlen (SWE) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
D Mikhail Sergachyov (RUS) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
F Michael Spacek (CZE) – 1G – 0A – 1PT
D Jack Ahcan (USA) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Dillon Dube (CAN) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Pierre-Luc Dubois (CAN) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Mikhail Vorobyov (RUS) 0G – 1A – 1PT
D David Bernhardt (SWE) 0G – 1A – 1PT
F Danil Yurtaikin (RUS) – 0G – 1A – 1PT
D Jakub Zboril (CZE) – 0G – 1A – 1PT

    Standings:
    Group A:
    Sweden – 1-0-0-0 – 3PTS
    Czech Republic – 1-0-0-0 – 3PTS
    Switzerland – 0-0-0-0 – 0PTS
    Finland – 0-0-0-1 – 0PTS
    Denmark – 0-0-0-1 – 0PTS

    Group B:
    Canada – 1-0-0-0 – 3PTS
    United States – 1-0-0-0 – 3PTS
    Slovakia – 0-0-0-0 – 0PTS
    Russia – 0-0-0-1 – 0PTS
    Latvia – 0-0-0-1 – 0PTS

    Top Forward of the Day: Mathew Barzal (CAN) – (1G, 2A, 3PTS)

    Out of the five returnee’s, Mathew Barzal had himself a solid day. Registering three points, two of which were beautiful passes to forward Dylan Strome on the power-play. He also had himself another power-play point when he scored a goal himself after receiving a pass from forward Pierre-Luc Dubois.

    CHL Player Rankings: Mathew Barzal poses with team executives after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Top Defenseman of the Day: Rasmus Dahlin (SWE) – (1G, 1A, 2PTS)

    The only player in the tournament that was born in 2000, Rasmus Dahlin is already being considered a number one overall pick in the 2018 draft, and today he showed why. He and the rest of team Sweden absolutely dominated Denmark with their speed and skill.

    Top Goalie of the Day: Jakub Skarek (CZE) – (1W, .956SV%, 1.00GAA)

    The closest game all day came between last year’s Gold Medal winners in team Finland and the Czech Republic. In a winning cause, goaltender Jakub Skarek posted amazing numbers, which are tops of all the goalies who have played so far. If Finland didn’t score in the middle of the first period, he would have walked away with the first shutout of the tournament since the Czech’s were able to shut down the team for the rest of the game.

    Tomorrow’s Games:
    Switzerland vs. Czech Republic (1:00pm EST)
    Russia vs. Latvia (4:00pm EST)
    Finland vs. Denmark (5:30pm EST)
    Slovakia vs. Canada (8:00pm EST)

    Today’s games feature some great match-ups. The Czech Republic has a chance to extend their winning streak as they face Switzerland who will be playing their first game. Russia and Latvia will have shots at redeeming themselves since they’re both coming off loses, same goes for Finland and Denmark. And to finish off the night Canada has a chance to continue their winning streak as well when they face Slovakia.

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