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World Junior Championship 2017: Day two schedule

Jets prospect Michael Spacek had a good day yesterday

2015 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The fun continues with day two of the IIHF 2017 World Junior Championship, and the proceedings kick off featuring one of Winnipeg's prospects at the tournament.

Michael Spacek had a pretty good day one, as he scored the game-winning goal for the Czech Republic in their 2-1 victory over Finland. While the Finns may not be expected to repeat as champions, it was a somewhat surprising upset nonetheless. Despite having Boston Bruins prospect Daniel Vladar, it was the future of Czech netminding and 1999 baby Jakub Skarek between the pipes, and he acquitted himself well. Today, the Czechs take on a Switzerland side making their tournament debut, one which includes Swiss pretender to the 2017 draft throne, Nico Hischier.

Game two features a couple of teams looking to bounce back from opening losses in Latvia and Russia. The Latvians were undone 6-1 yesterday by the USA, while Russia fell 5-3 to Canada. Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov had an uncharacteristically poor showing; when he gets the call again, expect a chip on his shoulder.

If there was a bright spot for game three participant Denmark, it would be that St. Louis Blues prospect Nikolaj Krag Christensen found the back of the net yesterday. Unfortunately, it was Denmark's only tally and came after Sweden had jumped out to a 6-0. The Danes will have a tough time finding redemption against a young but talented Finnish squad.

Even though their 5-3 win over Russia saw Carter Hart need to make just 14 saves, Canada will hope for a more dominant performance against Slovakia. While Dylan Strome scored two in the match, it may be Mathew Barzal and Tyson Jost who left folks buzzing.

Happy hockey!

Game 1: Czech Republic vs. Switzerland

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 12:00 p.m. CT, Bell Centre

Game 2: Latvia vs. Russia

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3:00 p.m. CT, Air Canada Centre

Game 3: Denmark vs. Finland

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. CT, Bell Centre

Game 4: Canada vs. Slovakia

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. CT, Air Canada Centre