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WJC REPORT: Canada and Sweden win on Day 1

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
Two Oilers prospects are taking part in the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto and Montreal. We are providing daily reports and links to interviews and highlights through to the end of the tournament.

We will also provide updates on the progress of draft eligible players at the tournament.

CANADA 8, SLOVAKIA 0

MONTREAL - Canada got off to an incredible start at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships, winning 8-0 against Slovakia.

Playing on the top defensive pairing, Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse was a +1 for Canada in the victory.

Canada scored three goals in the first period and four in the second en route to the victory. Robby Fabbri had two goals and four points to lead the way.

Nic Petan had a goal and two assists for three points. Brayden Point, Jake Virtanen, Anthony Duclair and Max Domi each had a goal and an assist.  

SWEDEN 5, CZECH REPUPUBLIC 2

TORONTO - Sweden opened their tournament with a flourish, defeating Czech Republic 5-2 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Friday.

Oilers prospect William Lagesson played on the second pairing for Sweden alongside Sebastian Aho. Lagesson had two penalty minutes and a shot on goal with an even rating in the contest. 

Sweden broke out to a two-goal lead in the first period on goals by Adrian Kempe and Jens Looke but the Czechs got it back on two early second-period markers by Jakub Vrana.

William Nylander scored 27 seconds after Vrana's game-tying goal to put the Swedes up 3-2.

Jacob de la Rose and Kempe each scored in the third to make it a 5-2 final.

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Jack Eichel was outstanding in USA's 2-1 shootout win over Finland. He made a great pass to Alex Tuch for the lone American goal in regulation and then added a shootout marker. He also had five shots on goal... Noah Hanifin was -1 with two shots on goal... Connor McDavid had an even rating with no points and four shots for Canada... Jens Looke, as mentioned above, scored for Sweden. 

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com

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