Monday December 26, 2016
CANADA 5 (1-0-0-0) 5 vs. RUSSIA (0-0-0-1) 3
It was all about special teams in Canada’s Boxing Day win over Russia. The hosts scored three times with the man advantage – twice converting within 30 seconds of having an extra attacker – to defeat Russia.
Canadian captain Dylan Strome led the way with a pair of goals – both on the power play. Tyson Jost, Nicolas Roy and Mathew Barzal were the other goal-scorers; Barzal added two assists to take the very early tournament scoring lead.
Mikhail Sergachyov, Kirill Kaprizov and Yegor Rykov replied for the Russians, who never got closer than two goals after Strome and Roy scored less than four minutes apart in the second period.
UNITED STATES (1-0-0-0) 6 vs. LATVIA (0-0-0-1) 1
The United States got goals from five different players and held a one-sided 30-12 advantage in shots on goal to open the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship with a convincing win over the Latvians.
Clayton Keller led the way with two goals for the Americans, while Patrick Harper, Colin White, Jeremy Bracco and Jordan Greenway chipped in with one apiece. The U.S. broke open a 1-1 game with five unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes.
Renas Krastenbergs celebrated his 18th birthday with the lone goal for Latvia.