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World Juniors: Day 1 recap

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
False start.

Usually played on New Year’s Eve, fans were treated to an early Boxing Day showdown between Canada and the United States at the 2016 World Junior Championship, where it was Brock Boeser and his U.S. squad coming away with a 4-2 victory.

United States (4) – Canada (2)
Jake Virtanen (CAN): 3 shots, -1
Brock Boeser (USA): 2 shots, +1

Vancouver Canucks prospects Jake Virtanen and Brock Boeser went head-to-head on Wednesday as the 2016 World Junior Championship got underway in Finland.

Louis Belpedio broke a 2-2 tie with 3:18 remaining, while projected 2016 first overall pick Austin Matthews sealed the deal just 41 seconds later, making it a 4-2 United States lead.

Virtanen finished the night with three shots on goal, playing alongside winger Brendan Perlini with Brayden Point and Matt Barzal each taking turns playing down the middle.

As for Boeser, the 2015 first-rounder started the game on the third line, but after Alex Debrincat was handed a five-minute major and game misconduct late in the first period for spearing, Boeser was promoted to the top line alongside Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk. The trio got stronger as the game went on, especially in final frame where they created a couple good scoring chances.

Next up (Canada): vs. Denmark (Monday, 10am PT, TSN)

Next up (United States): vs. Sweden (Monday, 6am PT, TSN)

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