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Day 1 of the WJHC: We're officially underway!

The Canadiens are well represented at the World Junior Hockey Championship again this year with four prospects in the tournament

by François Lafleur. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - All of the Canadiens' prospects taking part in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship were in action on the opening day of competition in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic 4 - Russia 3

In the first game of the day in Ostrava, the Czech Republic battled Russia and defenseman Alexander Romanov, who is making his second straight appearance in the event.

Romanov, the squad's assistant captain, registered an assist on Russia's second goal of the game which tied things up late in the first period.

He led all players on the squad with 23:11 of ice time, amassed two shots on goal, and posted an even differential.

Nevertheless, the home side earned a 4-3 victory over Russia.

Sweden 3 - Finland 2

In Trinec, 19-year-old Mattias Norlinder and his countrymen squared off against the rival Finns.

Serving as a seventh defenseman for the Swedish side, Norlinder had just 12 shifts and logged only 7:18 of ice time on Thursday.

In the end, Sweden downed Finland 3-2 in overtime.

Canada 6 - United States 4

The two North American rivals also met on the first day of the annual tournament. Forward Cole Caufield and defenseman Jordan Harris were in uniform for the United States.

Both Caufield and Harris didn't manage to register their names on the scoresheet in a game where no less than 10 goals were scored, though.

Caufield has two shots on Canadian goaltender Nicolas Daws while logging just under 18 minutes of ice time. 

Harris also had two shots on Daws while logging just under 16 minutes of ice time.

Interestingly enough, Harris even took a faceoff during the game and came out on top.

But it was Canada that ultimately came away with the 6-4 victory.

What's on tap on Friday?

Two games are on the schedule on Day 2 of competition featuring a pair of teams that haven't played yet.

Slovakia will square off against Kazakhstan, while Germany will face Caufield, Harris and the rest of the Americans.

Schedule for Day 2

Slovakia - Kazakhstan - 9:00 a.m. EST (TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS)

Germany - United States - 1:00 p.m. EST (TSN 1/3/4 and RDS)

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