Nothing starts with beating the World Junior Championship IIHF Junior.
As a tradition, the tournament kicks off Boxing Day and Day 1 this year sees two of the top contenders, Canada and the United States, go toe-to-toe in the “North American battle.” It should be an unhindered event. , as national pride and civil rights are on the line.
“There’s no putting your foot in the water – you have to fill it,” American and Ottawa Senators prospect Shane Pinto told reporters. “It will be difficult, but I think we are ready.”
Canada’s Jacob Bernard-Docker – and fellow Senators perspective – added to the rivalry: “Warming up … Two countries that don’t like each other playing against each other.”
While everyone expects these teams to go the distance, if they do, they will not be put in stone. It is in what is called the “Group of Death” as Group B also includes Russia, a possible Cinderella team, Germany, and the Czech host country. In the first game of the day, the Czechs upset Russia 4-3.
Slowly following a silver medal in 2019, the United States is once again the pound-for-pound favorite and built to dominate the land. Florida Panthers prospect Spencer Knight gets the start in the net and should give the Americans a significant advantage; couple that with the fire ahead and defensive skill on the blue line and Canada will have his work cut out for them.
However, Canada will not pull any punches. Tubes may be their weakest link, but the front body has some of the biggest free shooters in the game with names like Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield and Raphael Lavoie. They will be backed by a team of veterans including Ty Smith and Jared McIsaac, who is seeking revenge after a disappointing sixth shutout last year.
Sporting News will have a hit for you as both teams sneak into Game 1 of the tournament.
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Canada vs. USA scores, points out 2020 World juniors
12:00 pm – The US announces its turn.