2020 has been robust, to say the least, however you left the very best reward for final. An evening-capper of Russia versus the USA. The perfect preliminary matchup. On Christmas Day. Thanks buddy. You are the very best.
Love, hockey followers in all places.
It has been 16 years since world juniors kicked off on Christmas Day — which additionally featured the identical two groups going at it again then — and like all good ‘ol assembly between two large rivals (i.e. Miracle on Ice) this Russia-USA contest is predicted to be a drag-out, no-holds-barred, barnburner.
Two of the highest three groups within the event assembly on opening day of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship with the winner taking, what’s anticipated to be, management of Group B and due to this fact a neater path to gold. Apart from being a scene-setter for the subsequent 12 days, it is also a key alternative for plenty of gamers to showcase simply what they plan to carry to the event.
American Cole Caufield has had this date circled on his calendar because the day final yr’s event led to disappointment for the U.S. The Wisconsin standout had excessive expectations final yr and solely collected two factors (objective, help) in 5 video games. He is been decided to show that final yr was a fluke, and an enormous sport within the staff’s largest sport for the round-robin will present it is a new yr.
However it will not be straightforward for Caufield and his cohorts as they face a dynamic puckstopper on the opposite finish in Yaroslav Askarov. The Russian netminder at simply 18 has torched the competitors within the KHL this season and can be on a little bit of a redemption tour after a poor 2020 exhibiting.
So seize the eggnog, fruitcake and Chinese language meals as Sporting Information has all of the heart-thumping motion between these two powerhouses in Sport 1 of the event.
(All instances Japanese.)
USA vs. Russia scores, highlights from 2021 World Juniors preliminary sport
9:44 p.m. — Energy play ends because the Individuals struggled with zone entry and could not get arrange. They do not register a shot on web — and actually, with greater than six minutes ticked off, they do not have a single shot within the sport. Russia has three.
9:42 p.m. — USA will get an influence play as Alex Turcotte will get taken down whereas driving to the online. Not a very good begin for the Russians because the Individuals have some firepower.
9:40 p.m. — Each groups got here out seeking to set the tempo however thus far simply numerous up-and-down hockey with neither staff sustaining any stress.
9:40 p.m. — USA will get fortunate as they’d too many males however did not get caught.
9:38 p.m. — Puck has been dropped.
9:22 p.m. — It’s going to be Askarov vs. Knight. Buckle up.
9:10 p.m. — If you happen to missed this from earlier right this moment, it is best to positively watch it now.
Cole Caufield and Trevor Zegras have been the final ones on the ice at Group USA observe as a result of they don’t go away till they tip the final puck right into a bucket 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/3ba6Oe3xnT
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 25, 2020
8:50 p.m. — How the Russians will go.
Group Russia strains #WorldJuniors
(Bychkov, Bashkirov) https://t.co/gSKvSNJlD6
— Gillian Kemmerer (@gilliankemmerer) December 26, 2020
8:23 p.m. — That top-6.
7:12 p.m. — Preparing.
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