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LGD: Battle of Ontario Pt. 2

Embed from Getty Images After what seemed like an eternity (it was only a bye week), the Leafs are back in action tonight against the Ottawa Senators in their second game of a back-to-back.  The game hasn’t even started yet and the drama has already begun; Garret Sparks was recalled by the Leafs this morning,…

Tournament in Review: How did Leafs prospects fare at the World Juniors?

Embed from Getty Images Well, folks, it’s over. The 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship came to a close last night after the USA beat Canada in the shootout to claim the tournament’s top spot. 2 Leafs prospects were awarded gold medals in Jeremy Bracco and Joseph Woll.  Carl Grundstrom and Team Sweden had a disappointing…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 9 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Day 9 brought 2 fantastic matchups against 4 of the WJHC’s powerhouse teams, and it wasn’t surprising that these games produced some of the best hockey the tournament has seen so far.  The USA was victorious over Russia, and the decision was left to the 8th round of dreaded shootout; Troy…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 8 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images So… Latvia lost.  It’s officially over. Finland was victorious against the Latvians in the second relegation game this evening, defeating Latvia 4-1 and staying alive in the WJC’s top division.  It was an unfortunate ending to a hard fought tournament for Latvia, as the team will return to Division I Group A…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 7 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Day 7 was a very exciting day for Leafs prospects, as Jeremy Bracco, Carl Grundstrom and Martins Dzierkals took to the ice in crucial games for their teams.  Sweden and the USA were victorious in their quarterfinal matchups, and both Jeremy Bracco and Carl Grundstrom tallied points in their respective games.  Martins…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 6 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Day 6 marked the conclusion of the preliminary round of this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, as the tournament’s quarterfinal matchups were finally solidified yesterday night after Russia beat Slovakia 2-0 in Toronto.      Sweden’s victory over the Czech Republic signified the fourth year in a row in which Sweden has…

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How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 5 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Though only two games were played today, Day 5 proved to be the single most eventful day of the World Juniors so far. Without getting too deep into the details, essentially here’s a brief summary of what happened: Finland fired their entire coaching staff mid-game, and Latvia will take on the Finns…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 4 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Day 4 of the World Junior Hockey Championship was jam-packed with action, as yet again, 3 Leafs prospects took to the ice in 3 separate games.  Joseph Woll did not start in net for the Americans, and despite a solid performance, Jeremy Bracco did not put up any points today against…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 3 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Wednesday was a relatively busy day for Leafs prospects, as 3/4 players participated in the action with their respective teams.  Yet again, Carl Grundstrom had a fantastic game for Sweden, contributing two primary assists in Sweden’s 4-2 win over Switzerland.  Joseph Woll took to the net for the USA in their…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 2 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Though Day 2 of the WJHC was jam-packed with action, 3 Leafs prospects saw a well-deserved break after yesterday’s success.  Martin Dzierkals and the Latvians took to the ice against Russia, and though the 9-1 loss was brutal, there were a few positive takeaways from the game.  I personally thought Dzierkals played…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 1 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images After an exciting opening day of the 2017 WJHC, teams have already begun to differentiate themselves as dominant.  Both USA and Sweden won by a score of 6-1 in their respective games, and Canada looked solid against Russia in their 5-3 victory.   Today was a pretty good day for Leafs…

WJC Canada Postgame: Barzal Shines in Canada’s Opener

Embed from Getty Images In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.   Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods.  The team seemed to be…