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2013 WJC Blog: Day 1

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Canada Schedule
12/26 Germany W 9-3
12/28 Slovakia 4:30 a.m.
12/30 USA 4:30 a.m.
12/31 Russia 9:00 a.m.

Team Canada got off to a hot start in the preliminary round of the 2013 World Junior Championship, beating Germany 9-3 Wednesday in Ufa, Russia. Islanders prospects Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart dressed for Canada, who improved to 1-0 in Group B play.

The Canadians held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes before finding the back of the net five times in the second period. Strome scored at 13:48 of the middle frame, giving Canada a 6-1 lead at the time. The Germans scored twice before the end of the period, but the game was well in hand for Canada with a 7-3 lead heading into the third.

Strome assisted on two more tallies in the final period, giving him three points and a plus-3 rating for the day. Canada is in action again on Friday, Dec. 28 when they take on Slovakia.


2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic 2:30 a.m.
12/30 Switzerland 2:30 a.m.
12/31 Sweden 7:00 a.m.
In Group A, Islanders prospect Ville Pokka and Team Finland were also in action on the opening day of the tournament, topping Latvia 5-1.

Just 1:54 into the contest, Pokka assisted on Artturi Lehkonen’s goal, putting the Finns ahead 1-0. Finland led 3-1 after the first period, and 5-1 after the second period before playing a scoreless third.

Finland’s next game will be Friday, Dec. 28, when they play the Czech Republic.


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