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World Juniors: Day 3 recap

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
It was a quiet day for Canucks prospects at the 2016 World Junior Championship as Canada picked up their first win, while the United States could not find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to Sweden.

Canada (6) – Denmark (1)
Jake Virtanen (CAN): 2 shots, +1

A second period outburst gave Canada (1-1-0) their first win of the 2016 World Juniors as they skated to a 6-1 victory over Denmark (1-1-0) on Monday.

It was another quiet night for Jake Virtanen, who finished with two shots in the game. The 2014 first-rounder saw his best scoring chance come midway through the second period when his backhand shot rang off the crossbar, while just moments later Virtanen followed it up with a quality wrap-around chance.

British Columbia product Matt Barzal was named Player of the Game for Canada.

Canada outshot Denmark 56-11 on the night.

Next up: vs. Switzerland (Tuesday, 10am PT, TSN)

Sweden (1) – United States (0)
Brock Boeser (USA): 2 shots

Despite holding a 46-23 advantage in shots, Brock Boeser and the United States (1-1-0) came up just short, falling 1-0 to Sweden (2-0-0) on Monday.

It was the same story for Boeser, who just like the previous game started on the third line before being promoted to the top unit after Alex Debrincat left the game late in the first period, this time due to injury.

Boeser finished with two shots on goal, his best chance coming with 5:47 remaining in the middle stanza on a 5-on-3 power play when Matthew Tkachuk found him alone in the slot, but Swedish goaltender Linus Soderstrom would make one of his 46 saves on the day.

The Canucks’ 2015 first-rounder spent the third period back on the third line with Ryan MacInnis and Nick Schmaltz.

Next up: vs. Switzerland (Wednesday, 10am PT, TSN)

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