The Winnipeg Jets have seven players participating in the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship, held in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. Check back throughout the tournament for daily updates, highlights and more as Mark Scheifele, Josh Morrissey and Eric Comrie of Canada, Nikolaj Ehlers of Denmark, and Jacob Trouba, Andrew Copp and Connor Hellebuyck of the U.S. go for gold.
LATVIA 3 vs. DENMARK 0
Elvis Merzlikins made 27 saves as Latvia kicked off the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship with an improbable 3-0 win over Nikolaj Ehlers and the Danes.
Ehlers had two shots and was the culprit of a third-period slashing penalty in just over 19 minutes of ice time.
Gints Meija, who plays with Riga Dynamo of the KHL, opened the scoring at 3:08 of the second after a scoreless opening frame that saw his team get outshot 18-7.
Arturs Kulda entered the zone and pulled up along the half wall before spotting his teammate and finding a seam, feathering a pass into the middle where only he could meet up with it. Meija's initial try was turned aside, but Danish goalie Sebastian Dahm was unable to squeeze the rebound, allowing Meija to chop home the loose puck from the centre of the blue paint.
Ehlers had a great chance to even the score just moments later, but after getting a beautiful cross-crease pass from Nichlas Hardt at the side of the net - and with the goalie at his mercy - the Jet fired wide from the bottom of the near circle.
The 21-year-old had another great chance late in the period when he found himself on a partial break, but his stick snapped in half on the shot attempt.
From there, the Latvians took over, outshooting the Danes 27-9 the rest of the way.
Miks Indrasis added third-period goals off a pair of beautiful passing plays to seal the shutout victory.
Ehlers and the Danes are back in action on Sunday against Jacob Trouba, Andrew Copp and Connor Hellebuyck of the United States.