Day 2 went according to script with Ian Scott making people notice him in a win, while the Swedes rolled over another team for their 46nd straight preliminary round win.
Russia: 3, Denmark: 0
The Russians took it easy on the Danes, and they might have lulled some people into thinking they’ll keep doing that.
Sweden: 5, Slovakia: 2
The Swedes had a tougher time with the defensive style of the Slovaks than they did in the opening game against the Finns who wanted to take the play to them but just couldn’t.
There were a few bobbles: the Swedes managed a really bad own-goal, and Erik Brännström took a while to warm up, but they kept notching the goals at a good pace.
Rasmus Sandin got one assist, and his PP2 unit with fellow Leafs prospect Pontus Holmberg was very good on the first two goals by Emil Bemström.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Swedes stayed perfect defeating Slovakia 5-2. @Trekronorse’s record-setting round-robin win streak now stands at 46 games, dating back to the 2007 #WorldJuniors! pic.twitter.com/TtNUOzL8mJ— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) December 28, 2018
Canada: 3, Switzerland: 2
Canada found the going a bit tough early on against Switzerland, but they eventually got a 3-1 lead. Ian Scott was tested a lot more than Michael DiPietro was in the first game.
The Swiss scored a power play goal very late to make it 3-2, and then it became a game of trading penalty calls and stoppages. With the Swiss net empty at four-on-four, the Canadians blocked the shots they needed to, and Scott got the win.
HIGHLIGHTS: @SwissIceHockey made it tough for @HC_WJC but in the end Canada won 3-2 and remains undefeated at the #WorldJuniors. Find out more about the game: https://t.co/p2wNCfU4Wk pic.twitter.com/whTSEIqt6m— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) December 28, 2018
Finland: 5, Kazakhstan: 0
With two days of play, and the Canada-Denmark blowout warping the stats, Max Comtois leads the tournament in points with five. Morgan Frost and Cody Glass also have five each, and Ian Scott’s junior teammate, Brett Leason has four. Erik Brännström and Emil Bemström each have three. Sandin’s one assist sits as the only point by a Leafs prospect.
Canada leads with a preposterous 77 SOG in two games, with Sweden’s 56 looking tepid by comparison.
Today’s schedule is light with only two games.
Filip Kral and the Czechs face their most hated rival, the Russians at 8 p.m. And USA takes on Kazakhstan at 10:30.