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World Juniors: Day 5 recap

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks big three continues to shine.

Thatcher Demko stood on his head, but it was Jake Virtanen and Canada that had the last laugh, while Gustav Forsling added two more points to his total as Sweden keeps rolling.

Canada (5) – United States (3)
Jake Virtanen: 2 shots, +1
Thatcher Demko: 40 saves, Player of the Game

Vancouver Canucks prospects Jake Virtanen and Thatcher Demko went head-to-head on Wednesday afternoon in what turned out to be another thrilling matchup between Canada and the United States.

Max Domi scored twice, while Sam Reinhart had a goal and two helpers as Canada hung on for a 5-3 victory to finish off the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0-0-0 record.

Curtis Lazar and Josh Morrissey also tallied, while Eric Comrie turned aside 25 shots for Canada, which scored two empty-netters in the final minute of play.

Demko was solid in the American net, making 40 saves in the game while not having much of a chance on any of the three Canadian goals that got past him. The San Diego, California product was named the Player of the Game for the United States.

Virtanen played the entire game on a line with Lazar and Connor McDavid. The Abbotsford, BC product was involved physically while also creating some great scoring chances. Virtanen should have picked up an assist on Lazar’s goal after picking up the puck in the neutral zone and making a nifty hook pass to McDavid who drove the puck to the net before Lazar was able to put it in.

Next up (Canada): vs. Denmark (Friday, 5pm PT, TSN) in the quarterfinals

Next up (United States): vs. Russia (Friday, 19am PT, TSN) in the quarterfinals

Sweden (5) – Switzerland (1)
Gustav Forsling: 2 assists

Gustav Forsling continues to excel at the 2015 World Juniors as the Canucks prospect picked up a pair of helpers helping Sweden remain unbeaten after a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Oskar Lindblom scored three times, while Adrian Kempe and Jens Looke added singles as Sweden finishes in top spot in Group B with a 4-0-0-0 record.

Forsling picked up his first assist less than five minutes into the game as the puck came to him right off an offensive zone faceoff and he was able to feed Kempe with a cross-ice pass to put Sweden up 1-0. The Canucks fifth round pick last June added another helper in the latter stages of the middle stanza, giving him six points (2-4-6) through four games, which leads all defencemen at the World Juniors.

Next up: vs. Finland (Friday, 12pm PT, TSN2) in the quarterfinals

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