Sunday's World Junior Championship action continues with two games. On paper these matchups appear one-sided, but it's hard to count out any team at this tournament before the puck drops, after all, it's a magical time of year, when anything can happen.
5:00PM EST Switzerland vs Russia (TSN3/ TSN radio network)
After almost giving Denmark their first ever victory at the World Junior Championship, Russia looks to enter today's contest against Switzerland at the Air Canada Centre with a better ability to strike early instead of having to fight back to win a game. Having already shown signs of trouble against the Danes, Russia will be in tough against Switzerland who won their first game against the Czech Republic by a score of 5-2. Some flashes of confidence in Friday's game - including a beautiful effort by Vladimir Bryukvin that led to a Maxim Mamin goal as he crashed the net - will give Russia some positive points to build upon after their 3-2 shootout victory over Denmark on Boxing Day.
Switzerland will look to build off its somewhat surprising win over the Czech Republc on Sunday. Top-end Nashville Predator's prospect, and star Swiss player Kevin Fialia (who scored twice in Sunday's win against the Czechs) will try to lift his teammates to a victory over Russia - some redemption after being beaten by them last year in a 7-1 stomping.
8:00PM EST Germany vs USA (TSN2/TSN radio network)
Team USA sure looked good on Friday in their Boxing Day debut against team Finland. With only a single regulation goal to show for their strong play (due to an incredible performance from Finnish goaltender Ville Husso who made 36 stops in the game), USA will hope to continue its strong team play against Germany tonight at the Bell Centre.
Team USA's win against Finland on Boxing Day was a tightly played game that required a shootout to decide the victor. US goaltender Thatcher Demko played a very strong game, as did their star Jack Eichel, who made the play to set up his Boston College teammate Alex Tuch for USA's only regulation tally of the game which ended in a 2-1 shootout victory for the Americans.
Germany will look to rebound from its 4-0 Saturday night loss against Canada . With only 24 hours to reset after putting on a valiant performance against the tournament's host nation, Germany will press on and do everything they can to get a point out of this game, if they can, and generate some finishes on an offense that looked capable of scoring some goals in their opening game against Canada (Germany outshot Canada 10-6 in the second period).
One thing to look out for, If this game ends up being a tight one, Team USA may pull some trickery, as they have been known to do in the past against their Germanic rival...