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World Junior Hockey Championships 2015 Results: Daily Scores, Updated Schedule

Published by Bleacher Report on Sat, 27 Dec 2014

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship kicked off on Friday night in Canada, with the best countries in the world dueling for supremacy in the sport.In addition to deciding the best junior team in the world, the tournament is also a proving ground for some of the game's budding superstars. Plenty of famous names made waves in the World Juniors before breaking out in the NHL.Although the NHL marches on over the next few weeks, the eyes of the hockey world are locked on Montreal and Quebec.ResultsScheduleRecapDec. 26, 2014Canada couldn't have envisioned a better start to the World Championships, beating Slovakia 8-0. Slovakia could arguably count itself lucky that it only lost by eight goals after the Canadians scored seven in the first two periods.Robby Fabbri was the star of the night, scoring two goals and assisting on two more. His goal four minutes and 52 seconds into the game got Canada on its way. Then the floodgates opened up, and the Canadians were 3-0 up less than halfway through the first, per TSN:Staring at such a massive deficit so early into the game, Slovakia never had a chance. TSN's James Mirtle sees the defeat as a larger sign of the country's malaise on the ice:The first two games on Friday needed extra hockey to decide a winner. Russia canceled out a 2-0 deficit to Denmark before winning 3-2 in a shootout, and then the United States downed Finland 2-1 in the same manner.The Danes went ahead 2-0 in the first period following goals from Nikolaj Ehlers and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Nikolai Goldobin halved the difference in the second period with a shot that deflected in off the skate of Denmark goaltender Ilya Sorokin. Maxim Mamin scored the tying goal off a deflection in the third period, and Sergei Tolchinski's goal was the difference in the shootout."We came out with a different game in the second," Tolchinski said after the game, per the IIHF official website. "We wanted to shoot the puck more, play at a faster pace."The U.S. needed similar heroics in the shootout, with Chase de Leo's goal the difference between the Americans and the Finns. Alex Tuch and Mikko Rantanen were responsible for the two goals in the first period.After that, United States goaltender Thatcher Demko and Finland goalie Ville Husso exchanged save after save, beating back the opposition and forcing the shootout. Their performances were among the highlights of the day's action.In Friday's third game, Sweden rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic. The Swedes grabbed 2-0 lead in the first period, with the Czechs tying it at 2-2 in the second before William Nylander scored the go-ahead goal with a little over three minutes left in the period.Adrian Kempe and Jacob de la Rose scored two insurance goals in the third period to take the Czechs out of the game.
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