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2019 World Juniors: Day 2 recap

...Utunen the only Canucks prospect in action on Day 2

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Freelance writer

Day 2 was a quiet one for Canucks prospects at the 2019 World Juniors.

With the United States (Quinn Hughes, Tyler Madden) having the day off and Michael DiPietro backing up for Canada, it left just Toni Utunen in the spotlight as Finland took on Kazakhstan in Victoria.

Hughes, Madden and Team USA will have the day to themselves on Friday as they return to action to take on Kazakhstan at 7:30 pm PT.

Canada (3) - Switzerland (2)

Michael DiPietro (CAN): Did not play

Noah Dobson's second period goal proved to be the winner as Canada held on for a 3-2 win over Switzerland on Thursday.

Cody Glass and MacKenzie Entwistle rounded out the scoring for Canada, which improves to 2-0-0 in the tournament.

Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro got the night off as Ian Scott was between the pipes. The Prince Albert Raiders goaltender finished with 15 saves, seven of them coming in the middle stanza.

DiPietro is expected to get the start when Canada resumes action on Saturday against the Czech Republic.

Next up: vs. Czech Republic (Saturday, 5:00 pm PT, TSN 1/3/4)

Finland (5) - Kazakhstan (0)

Toni Utunen (FIN): +1

Finland registered another defenceman, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Anttoni Honka, prior to their game against Kazakhstan, which meant they would go with seven defencemen.

Utunen found himself in a rotation among the bottom three blueliners for Finland, resulting in a team-low 9:01 of ice time, down from the 17:18 he logged against Sweden the previous night.

The Canucks fifth-round selection this past June didn't register a shot on goal, but finished +1 on the evening as Finland skated to a 5-0 win over Kazakhstan, outshooting them 51-18 along the way.

Finland will have a day off on Friday before resuming action Saturday against Slovakia.

Next up: vs. Slovakia (Saturday, 3:30pm PT)

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