Canada narrowly defeated Switzerland while Sweden, Russia and Finland also claimed victory on Day 2 of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver, BC.
CANADA 3, SWITZERLAND 2
A pair of goals from Chicago Blackhawks prospect Philipp Kurashev (Quebec Remparts) made things interesting, but Canada would narrowly prevail in its second preliminary contest on Thursday, defeating Switzerland 3-2 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.
Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks) worked alongside Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack) and Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs) to open the scoring just 36 seconds into the first period. Kurashev would respond 46 seconds into the second to knot the score at one before Canada took out a 3-1 lead before the second frame expired.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) made 15 saves to earn the win for Canada before a crowd of 17,102.
Canada returns to action on Saturday, December 28 (6:00 p.m. MT) against the Czech Republic.
GAME CENTRE • HIGHLIGHTS
Here’s a look at how current Western Hockey League players on international teams fared in the second day of competition:
Czech Republic: Did not play
F Krystof Hrabik, Tri-City Americans:
D Filip Kral, Spokane Chiefs:
G Jiri Patera, Brandon Wheat Kings:
Denmark: 4-0 L vs. Russia
F Phillip Schultz, Victoria Royals: Held off scoresheet
G Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat Tigers: Did not play
Russia: 4-0 W vs. Denmark
D Alexander Alexeyev, Red Deer Rebels: 1A
Slovakia: 5-2 L vs. Sweden
F Andrej Kukuca, Seattle Thunderbirds: Held off scoresheet
F Milos Roman, Vancouver Giants: Held off scoresheet
For full coverage of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship visit IIHF.com and HockeyCanada.ca.