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World Juniors: Day 2 recap

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
Although they didn’t find the scoresheet, Vancouver Canucks prospects remain unbeaten at the 2015 World Juniors after Canada and Sweden skated to wins on Saturday.

Canada (4) – Germany (0)
Jake Virtanen: 1 shot, Even

Connor McDavid and Nic Petan combined for six points, while Eric Comrie stopped all 17 shots he faced as Canada skated to their second straight shutout, blanking Germany 4-0 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

After going 0-for-3 on the man advantage in Friday’s 8-0 win over Slovakia, the Canadian power-play counted for three of the four goals on Saturday, finishing 3-for-4 on the night.

Jake Virtanen had a few good chances in the game, the first coming with just less than seven minutes remaining in the first period when the Abbotsford, BC product was sprung on a breakaway by Darnell Nurse, only to fire the puck wide. Then, midway through the third period with Canada’s offence not being able to find the back of the net nearly 40 minutes, the lines were shuffled and Virtanen found himself out with McDavid and Robby Fabbri. The trio created a couple great chances, including Virtanen being robbed by the glove hand of Germany goaltender Kevin Reich. The shift appeared to spark Canada as Max Domi netted his second of the tournament just seconds later. Virtanen has a goal and assist through two games.

Next up: vs. Finland, 0-0-1-1 (Monday, 5pm PT, TSN)

Sweden (5) – Denmark (1)
Gustav Forsling: 3 shots, Even

Another game, another dominant performance by Sweden as they move to 2-0-0-0 after a 5-1 win over Denmark at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

Jacob de la Rose paced the Swedish offence with a goal and two helpers, while Linus Soderstrom turned aside 19 shots between the pipes.

Coming off a two-assist performance in Friday’s 5-2 win over the Czech Republic, Gustav Forsling finished the game with three shots on goal, while looking solid again as the quarterback on Sweden’s first power-play unit. Forsling has two assists in two games thus far.

Next up: vs. Russia, 0-1-0-0 (Monday, 2pm PT, TSN2)

United States (Day Off)

Thatcher Demko and the United States (0-1-0-0) return to action on Sunday (5pm PT, TSN2) against Germany (0-0-0-1).

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