After a 1-1 first period, it looked like anybody’s game. The Americans would eventually run away with it, though, earning a 6-1 victory.

For its first preliminary-round game of the 2017 World Junior Championship, Team USA was fortunate to face an undermanned Team Latvia, as the Americans took the first period and then some to figure things out. Though it opened the game with great puck control and a sequence of prime scoring chances, USA’s defensemen were a bit overly aggressive in the first thirty minutes of the game, resulting in an array of odd-man rushes for the Latvians, including two breakaways.  Read more…