Nicolas Roy’s incredible individual effort for Team Canada was the big story on the opening day of the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships, at least as far as the Hurricanes go. It was part of a relative goal explosion on the first day of the tournament, with three of the four winning teams scoring at least five goals.
- The Canadians pulled out to a 4-1 lead before conceding two goals to Russia in the third period to make the final score respectable. Dylan Strome scored twice to lead Canada to a 5-3 win in Toronto.
- Earlier in the day, the United States took care of business in downing Latvia 6-1 at the Air Canada Centre, pulling away late with three goals in the final ten minutes. Clayton Keller scored twice for the Americans, who have the day off today.
- Meanwhile, up the 401 and A-20 (depending on your side of the border), Sweden served notice that they will be a very tough out, wallpapering Denmark 6-1 at the Bell Centre. 16-year-old Rasmus Dahlen had two points in his WJHC debut and Alex Nylander scored twice for the Swedes, who were 2:07 away from a Felix Sandstrom shutout until Denmark scored a late goal.
- The only close game of the day was an upset win for the Czech Republic over Finland, who traded goals within the first ten minutes in Montreal and then worked into a nearly 50-minute stalemate that was broken with a Michael Spacek winner with just 1:18 to go.
Today at the WJHC:
- Switzerland vs. Czech Republic: 1:00 p.m. ET, Bell Centre
- Russia vs. Latvia: 4:00 p.m. ET, Air Canada Centre
- Finland vs. Denmark: 5:30 p.m. ET, Bell Centre
- Slovakia vs. Canada: 8:00 p.m. ET, Air Canada Centre
All games available on NHL Network in the United States. The Finland/Denmark game will be joined in progress at the conclusion of the Russia/Latvia game.