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World Junior Championship update: Dec 28

...all 10 teams have played two games each so far

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

All 10 teams have played two games at the 2020 World Junior championship in the Czech Republic, with the big news being that Team Canada suffered its worst loss at the tournament in team history Saturday.

The 6-0 loss came at the hands of Canucks prospect Vasili Podkolzin and Team Russia; Podkolzin was held off the scoresheet, despite a team-high seven shots in 18:57 of playing time. The 18-year-old forward has one goal in two games and what a goal it was.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: What a goal from @Canucks��� prospect Vasily Podkolzin to tie the game for Russia 😱😱 #WorldJuniors

Russia sits tied with Team USA, Team Czech Republic, Team Germany and Team Canada a top Group B with a win, a loss and three points. Karel Plasek, playing for the host Czech Republic, has yet to record a point.

Team Sweden leads Group A with a regulation win and an overtime win through two games, paced by Nils Hoglander, who sits tied with a team-best four points. One of his two goals was an absolute beauty and if you were caught up in the holiday season and somehow missed it, here it is.

Tweet from @Canucks: Hoglander just pulled it off again!! 🤯

Holander also recorded a highlight reel assist in a win Saturday.

Tweet from @MirokiOnDefence: Nils Hoglander with a great dish to Samuel Fagemo to give Sweden a 2-0 lead

Team Finland is second in Group A with four points; Toni Utunen is a plus-two thus far.

Up next, Podkolzin and Team Russia take on the USA, while Utunen and Finland face Team Kazakhstan Sunday.

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