2012 WJC Journal – Day Two

By Ken McKenna
Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Tomas Jurco scored a goal in Slovakia‘s win over Latvia (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The second day of the 2012 World Junior Championship featured the first appearances of two of the participating countries.

Playing in Group B up in Edmonton, the Czech Republic turned in a strong debut with a convincing 7-0 win over the over-matched squad from Denmark. And in Calgary, Slovakia defeated the pesky Latvian team 3-1 to make their 2012 WJC debut a successful one.

Day 2 was a good day for prospects of the Detroit Red Wings, with Wings goaltending prospect Petr Mrazek posting a shutout vs. Denmark and Slovak forwards Tomas Jurco and Marek Tvrdon netting goals in the win over Latvia. Mrazek had an easy time of things against Denmark, stopping just 12 shots en route to his shutout while Tvrdon, who had been slumping a bit while playing for the WHL‘s Vancouver Giants, scored the game-winning goal for Slovakia.

You can view the Jurco and Tvrdon goals in this game highlights clip from TSN.

One interesting aspect of Mrazek’s appearance in this year’s WJC is his non-participation at last year’s event, which was the result of a contract dispute in his home country. That information is touched upon in this Czech-Denmark game article from the Edmonton Journal…

Czechs balance attack with D – Edmonton Journal

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Globe and MailCzechs balance attack with DEdmonton JournalWith the likes of American Jack Campbell and the aforementioned Visentin taking the spotlight, Mrazek also provides the Czechs with a proven North American winner. While his prowess was hardly …

Mrazek also talked about the situation in this video posted at YouTube…

Buzzing The Net with Petr Mrazek

Ottawa 67′s goalie and Detroit Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek talks about being named Team Czech Republic’s No. 1 goaltender for the 2012 IIHF world under-20 hockey championship. Mrazek was unable to participate in last season’s world junior after hi…

Based on the game results from the first two days of the WJC, the most compelling contest today would appear to be the Canada-Czech Republic tilt. Both teams are coming off of convincing opening game victories, although Canada’s win came against a Finnish squad that is thought to be better than their weak performance on Monday would indicate. The Czech squad will face a much stiffer test than they faced against Denmark, which is especially true of their goaltender Mrazek who had a relatively easy outing against the Danes.

Looking around the Twitterverse, we have one Canadian fan – or is it a Jamie Oleksiak fan? – sounding off…

Drapeau170

Please let the #WJC Canada vs. Czech Rep. game be televised. I wanna see @jamieoleksiak crush somebody like he will for the @DallasStars

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:24:32 AM

The Montreal Canadiens are well represented at this year’s WJC, which prompted this tweet from a presumed Canadiens’ fan…

pounceminouche

@rick1042 is this the most habs have had in one WJC? 3 on canada, 1 on US, 1 on Czech (pribyl)?

Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:42:23 AM

Maybe an answer can be found if @rick1042 hasn’t already responded.

It’s a full slate of games on Day 3, so enjoy the action!