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World Junior Roundup Day 2: San Jose prospects thrive as Joachim Blichfeld

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A complete turnaround from the first day.

MONTREAL, CANADA - DECEMBER 27: Denmark's Joachim Blichfield #11 celebrates wtih Nicolai Weichel #8 and Nicolaj Krag #19 after a second period goal against Finland's Karolus Kaarlehto #30 during preliminary round action at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Denmark stunned Finland in a 3-2 victory as the San Jose Sharks final 2016 draft pick, Joachim Blichfeld, scored to help hand the Danes a shocking victory in the second day of the 2017 Hockey World Juniors. The Danes three goals came on six shots and Blichfeld’s goal was one of two scored by Sharks prospects on Tuesday.

Blichfeld, taken with San Jose’s seventh round pick in the 2016 entry draft, scored Denmark’s game-winning goal. That gives the Danes three points and their first win of the tournament. They set in third place over Switzerland (2) and Finland. The top two teams from each group advance.

Russia 9, Latvia 1

The good news is that Sharks prospect Rudolfs Balcers scored his first goal of the tournament. The bad news is that it came in another lopsided defeat for the Latvians, who have now been outscored 15-2 in a pair of games in the tournament.

Switzerland 4, Czech Republic 3 (OT)

The Czechs missed out on an opportunity to take a commanding lead in Group A, but an overtime loss certainly doesn’t sink them. They outshot the Swiss 39-22 and were clearly the stronger team. They’ve still got Sweden to face, but should be able to handle that challenge and the Danes.

Canada 5, Slovakia 0

I don’t want to overstate how good Canada is, nor do I want to bag on Slovakia but ... the Canadians outshot Slovakia 44-6. Five different players potted goals for Canada and while this team isn’t unbeatable, it’s hard to imagine what team will hold an advantage against them in this tournament.