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    u20 IHWC World Junior Championships - Montreal/Toronto, Canada; 26 Dec 2016 -- 5 Jan, 2017

    Participating countries:

    Group A:

    Finland
    Sweden
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Switzerland

    Group B:

    Russia
    United States
    Canada
    Slovakia
    Latvia
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    Canada Canada Camp Roster

    Forwards: Mathew Barzal, Seattle (WHL); Anthony Cirelli, Oshawa (OHL); Dillon Dube, Kelowna (WHL); Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL); Julien Gauthier, Val-d’Or (QMJHL); Brett Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL); Mathieu Joseph, Saint John (QMJHL); Tyson Jost, North Dakota (WCHA); Michael McLeod, Mississauga (OHL); Nick Merkley, Kelowna (WHL); Nolan Patrick, Brandon (WHL); Taylor Raddysh, Erie (OHL); Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Zach Senyshyn, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); Sam Steel, Regina (WHL); Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw (OHL); Dylan Strome, Erie (OHL); Austin Wagner, Regina (WHL).

    Defence: Jake Bean, Calgary (WHL); Guillaume Brisebois, Charlottetown (QMJHL); Thomas Chabot, Saint John (QMJHL); Kale Clague, Brandon (WHL); Dante Fabbro, Boston University (HE); Samuel Girard, Shawinigan (QMJHL); Noah Juulsen, Everett (WHL); Jeremy Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL); Victor Mete, London (OHL); Philippe Myers, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL).

    Goaltenders: Carter Hart, Everett (WHL); Connor Ingram, Kamloops (WHL); Michael McNiven, Owen Sound (WHL)
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    Switzerland Switzerland Preliminary Roster

    Ritz Matteo 24.03.1998 G Lausanne HC
    Van Pottelberghe Joren 05.06.1997 G HC Davos
    Wüthrich Philip 17.01.1998 G SC Bern
    Bircher Alain 07.03.1997 D EHC Kloten
    Burren Yanik 28.01.1997 D SC Bern
    Geisser Tobias 13.02.1999 D EVZ Academy
    Gerber Colin 14.03.1998 D SC Bern
    Gross Nico 26.01.2000 D EVZ Academy
    Karrer Roger 21.01.1997 D ZSC Lions
    Riva Elia 03.01.1998 D HC Lugano
    Siegenthaler Jonas 06.05.1997 D ZSC Lions
    Stadler Livio 26.03.1998 D Luleå HF / SWE
    Weber Serge 29.05.1997 D EHC Kloten
    Chiquet Nelson 19.09.1997 F HC Fribourg-Gottéron
    Diem Dominik 25.01.1997 F GCK Lions
    Eggenberger Nando 07.10.1999 F HC Davos
    Haberstich Fabian 07.01.1997 F EVZ Academy
    Haussener Timo 09.04.1997 F EVZ Academy
    Hischier Nico 04.01.1999 F Halifax Mooseheads / QMJHL
    In Albon Loic 06.08.1997 F Lausanne HC
    Kurashev Philipp 12.10.1999 F Québec Remparts / QMJHL
    Marchon Nathan 17.02.1997 F HC Fribourg-Gottéron
    Miranda Marco 02.06.1998 F GCK Lions
    Portmann Jerôme 24.01.1997 F HC Davos
    Prassl Raphael 23.11.1997 F GCK Lions
    Riat Damien 26.02.1997 F Genève-Servette HC
    Thürkauf Calvin 27.06.1997 F Kelowna Rockets / WHL
    Zehnder Yannick 29.12.1997 F EVZ Academy
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    Vancouver / Victoria BC chosen to host 2019 WJC

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    Canada beat Russia 13-5 overall in the annual CIBC 6 game series. A bit of a departure from previous years, as the Q (typically considered the weakest region) was 2-0 and the WHL and OHA both split with the bear.

    Hard to know if this correlates at all to the WJC since Russia doesn't always send their A team. Anyway, a datapoint.

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    Slovakia Slovakia (kind of) preliminary roster

    G Roman Durny HK Orange 20
    G Jan Koziak HC Slovan Bratislava
    G Marko Sturma HK SKP Poprad

    D Martin Bzdoch HK Orange 20
    D Martin Bodak Tappara Tampere/FIN 1998
    D Martin Fehervary Malmo Redhawks/SWE 1999
    D Mario Grman HK Orange 20
    D Samuel Hain HK Orange 20
    D Andrej Hatala Dukla Trencin
    D Martin Jendrol HK Orange 20
    D Oliver Kosecky HK Orange 20
    D Michal Roman HC Frydek-Mistek/CZE-1
    D Dominika Trska HK Orange 20

    F Martin Andrisik HC 05 Banska Bystrica
    F Marek Hecl HK Orange 20
    F Niki Jasko HK Orange 20 1998
    F Jakub Lacka HC Ocelari Trinec/CZE 1998
    F Filip Lestan HV 71/SWE
    F Matej Murin HK Orange 20
    F Patrik Osko HK Orange 20
    F Oliver Pataky HK Orange 20
    F Denis Patoprsty HK Orange 20
    F Milos Roman HC Frydek-Mistek/CZE-1 1999
    F Boris Sadecky HK Orange 20
    F Marek Slbooda HK Orange 20
    F Miroslav Struska HK Orange 20
    F Lukas Ziak HK Orange 20
    F Roman Zitny KooKoo/FIN

    This is the roster for the camp that will start this Wednesday for Euro players, so NA players are missing as they will only join the NA camp starting on December 16th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaaa View Post
    G Roman Durny HK Orange 20
    G Jan Koziak HC Slovan Bratislava
    G Marko Sturma HK SKP Poprad

    D Martin Bzdoch HK Orange 20
    D Martin Bodak Tappara Tampere/FIN 1998
    D Martin Fehervary Malmo Redhawks/SWE 1999
    D Mario Grman HK Orange 20
    D Samuel Hain HK Orange 20
    D Andrej Hatala Dukla Trencin
    D Martin Jendrol HK Orange 20
    D Oliver Kosecky HK Orange 20
    D Michal Roman HC Frydek-Mistek/CZE-1
    D Dominika Trska HK Orange 20

    F Martin Andrisik HC 05 Banska Bystrica
    F Marek Hecl HK Orange 20
    F Niki Jasko HK Orange 20 1998
    F Jakub Lacka HC Ocelari Trinec/CZE 1998
    F Filip Lestan HV 71/SWE
    F Matej Murin HK Orange 20
    F Patrik Osko HK Orange 20
    F Oliver Pataky HK Orange 20
    F Denis Patoprsty HK Orange 20
    F Milos Roman HC Frydek-Mistek/CZE-1 1999
    F Boris Sadecky HK Orange 20
    F Marek Slbooda HK Orange 20
    F Miroslav Struska HK Orange 20
    F Lukas Ziak HK Orange 20
    F Roman Zitny KooKoo/FIN

    This is the roster for the camp that will start this Wednesday for Euro players, so NA players are missing as they will only join the NA camp starting on December 16th.
    The NA players who shuld join for the camp in Canada

    G Adam Huska Univ. of Connecticut/NCAA
    G Matej Tomek Univ. of North Dakota/NCAA

    D Erik Cernak Erie Otters/OHL

    F Radovan Bondra Vancouver Giants/WHL
    F Samuel Solensky Johnstown Tomahawks/NAHL 1998
    F Adam Ruzicka Sarnia Sting/OHL 1999
    F Samuel Bucek Shawinigan Cataractes 1998
    F Marian Studenic Hamlton Bulldogs/OHL 1998
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    Dec 14, pre-tourney game: Canada 8, Czech Rep 0

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    Canada Final Roster:


    Canada





    *Selection Camp Roster as of Dec. 14














    GOALTENDERS

    Carter Hart, Everett (WHL)
    Connor Ingram, Kamloops (WHL)

    DEFENCE

    Jake Bean, Calgary (WHL)
    Thomas Chabot, Saint John (QMJHL)
    Kale Clague, Brandon (WHL)
    Dante Fabbro, Boston University (NCAA)
    Noah Juulsen, Everett (WHL)
    Jeremy Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
    Philippe Myers, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)

    FORWARDS

    Mathew Barzal, Seattle (WHL)
    Anthony Cirelli, Oshawa (OHL)
    Dillon Dube, Kelowna (WHL)
    Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
    Julien Gauthier, Val d'Or (QMJHL)
    Mathieu Joseph, Saint John (QMJHL)
    Tyson Jost, North Dakota (NCAA)
    Michael McLeod, Mississauga (OHL)
    Taylor Raddysh, Erie (OHL)
    Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
    Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
    Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw (OHL)
    Dylan Strome, Erie (OHL)

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    Slovakia - Sweden 3:4 in last night's pre-tournament game.

    Slovakia was leading 3:1 after 2 periods, but Sweden make a last minute (literally) come back to make it 4:3 for Sweden.
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    Swedish preliminary roster

    #PPNameClubCountryBornPlace of BirthHtWtL/R
    1GKSandström FelixBrynäs IFSWE12.01.97Gävle18785L
    30GKGustavsson FilipLuleå HFSWE07.06.98Skellefteå18784L
    35GKWerner AdamFärjestads BKSWE02.05.97Mariestad19690L
              
    3DMoverare JacobLos Angeles KingsUSA31.08.98Östersund18990L
    4DLarsson JacobAnaheim DucksUSA29.04.97Ljungby18887L
    5DBernhardt DavidDjurgårdens IFSWE01.12.97Stockholm19087L
    6DGunnarsson KristofferFrölunda HCSWE26.02.97Mölndal18593L
    7DKylington OliverCalgary FlamesCAN19.05.97Stockholm18382L
    8DDahlin RasmusFrölunda HCSWE13.04.00Trollhättan18675L
    9DCarlsson GabrielLinköping HCSWE02.01.97Örebro19285L
    23DCarlsson LucasBrynäs IFSWE05.07.97Gävle18485L
              
    11FAhl FilipOttawa SenatorsCAN12.06.97Jönköping19297L
    12FDahlström JohnChicago BlackhawksUSA22.01.97Kungsbacka18585L
    14FPettersson EliasTimrå IKSWE12.11.98Sundsvall18671L
    15FAndersson LiasHV 71SWE13.10.98Smögen18190L
    16FGrundström CarlFrölunda HCSWE01.12.97Umeå18488L
    17FKarlström FredrikAIKSWE12.01.98Stockholm18983L
    18FAsplund RasmusFärjestads BKSWE03.12.97Filipstad18083L
    19FNylander AlexanderBuffalo SabresUSA02.03.98Calgary, CAN18480R
    20FEriksson Ek JoelMinnesota WildUSA29.01.97Karlstad18884L
    21FDavidsson JonathanDjurgårdens IFSWE12.03.97Tyresö18184R
    24FLööke JensTimrå IKSWE11.04.97Gävle18484R
    25FOhlsson SebastianSkellefteå AIKSWE04.03.97Åsele17478L
    27FDahlén JonathanTimrå IKSWE20.12.97Husqvarna18182L
    28FWingerli AndreasSkellefteå AIKSWE11.09.97Lycksele17377L
    29FSöderlund TimSkellefteå AIKSWE23.01.98Skellefteå17574L
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    Pre-tourney game; Dec 19 in Montreal: Canada 5, Finland 0

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    Another pre-tournament game was played Dec 21: Russia-Denmark 2-1 OT

    A really good result from a Danish perspective even though the Russian team was without 5-6 key players. Normally Russia gives Denmark a profound beating, but according to reports from the game, Denmark played really solid.

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    Pre-tourney games Dec 21:
    USA 4, Switzerland 3
    Canada 5, Czech Rep 0

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    ....yeah I know it's only the prelims, BUT, can we infer the SWISS are pretty good OR the Yanks aren't as powerful as we have been reading ?

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    Slovakia - Finland 1:8

    Slovakia got some pretty bad news as forward Samuel Bucek has injured his knee and will therefore miss the tournament.
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    This is somewhat of an unusual Canadian team in that there are no really big stars. A bunch of good players but no #1 picks or "can't miss" prospects. For this team to win everybody will need to pull their weight. Decent goaltending would also help (and we haven't had much of that the last few years). I believe the polite expression is "balance & scoring depth". AKA, no go-to guy or line.
    Good luck guys , we're with you !

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    Three players cut from the Swedish team just ahead of the tournament:

    * Jacob Moverare
    * John Dahlström
    * Jonathan Davidsson
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    Denmark Denmark - Roster

    Goaltenders:
    Lasse M. Petersen - Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
    Kasper Krog – SønderjyskE
    Mads-Emil Gransøe - Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL)

    Defencemen:
    Oliver Larsen – Odense
    Anders Koch – Esbjerg
    Oliver Gatz – Herning
    Mathias Røndbjerg - Rungsted
    Nicolai Weichel - Rungsted
    Christian Mieritz - Leksands Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Morten Jensen - Rögle Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)

    Forwards:
    Jeppe Jul Korsgaard - Aalborg
    Rasmus T. Andersson - HV71 Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Joachim Blichfeld - Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    Christian Wejse - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)
    Niklas Andersen – Esbjerg
    Jonas Røndbjerg - Växjo Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    William Boysen – Rungsted
    Nikolaj Krag-Christensen - Rögle Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Mathias From - Rögle (SHL)
    Tobias Ladehoff – Aalborg
    Frederik Høeg-Jørgensen – Odense
    David Madsen - Växjo Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Alexander True - Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

    Comments:

    The Danish team is without any real surprises and as in recent tournaments a mix of players from the domestic elite league, Swedish junior hockey and the CHL.

    With 11 returnees (Petersen in goal, 3 defencemen and 7 forwards) from the 2016 squad and an additional 4 skaters from last year’s WJC-18 team, it’s a group of players known to the Danish hockey program.

    As always when playing in the top division, Denmark will be hard pressed in the preliminary round facing teams with both more depth and quality throughout the lineup, hence in order to be somewhat competitive (or should we say trying to avoid too many lopsided losses) displaying the same kind of discipline and effort from the 2015 & 2016 tournaments will be crucial, not to mention solid goaltending, something which going into this year’s tournament is a bit of a question mark.

    After being relegated twice (2008, 2012) the U20 team is the first of Denmark’s two junior national teams to have qualified for a 3rd straight year at the top level.

    That this was accomplished with back-to-back quarterfinal appearances instead of playing in the relegation round was a bit unexpected, still nevertheless a huge accomplishment for Danish hockey.

    This year the criteria for success, namely staying in the top division remains the same.

    Whether realistic or not remains to be seen.
    Last edited by Marras; 28-12-2016 at 22:01. Reason: Mathias From added to roster

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    Denmark played an exhibition game against Concordia University (Quebec), a CIS team, and lost 4-2. Not sure if they played any other games. Concordia is generally a weaker CIS squad but they are very strong this year.

    Meanwhile, I don't see either Canada or the USA as powerhouses this year as compared to prior years. Should be an interesting tournament.

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    Day 1:
    Sweden 6, Denmark 1
    Czech Rep 2, Finland 1
    USA 6, Latvia 1
    Canada 5, Russia 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Denmark played an exhibition game against Concordia University (Quebec), a CIS team, and lost 4-2. Not sure if they played any other games. Concordia is generally a weaker CIS squad but they are very strong this year.

    Meanwhile, I don't see either Canada or the USA as powerhouses this year as compared to prior years. Should be an interesting tournament.
    Denmark played two additional exhibition games.

    A 2-1 OT loss to Russia and a 3-2 win against Latvia.

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    Day 2:
    Switzerland 4, Czech Rep 3 in OT. Nice start by the Swiss
    Denmark 3, Finland 2 - Wow!! Defending champs in huge trouble now.
    Russia 9, Latvia 1
    Canada 5, Slovakia 0. Slovaks managed 6 shots on goal for the entire game to tie a record they don't want to share

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    Finland won the shots 36-10, so Denmark had a strong defence, while Finland was... not so successful there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison View Post
    Finland won the shots 36-10, so Denmark had a strong defence, while Finland was... not so successful there.
    So it seems that the narrow 2-1 OT loss to Russia in pre-tournament wasn't a one time fluke. The Danish goalies and defense can occasionally keep the scoring down against the better teams!
    The "best" win the Danish U20 team has managed so far in international tournaments.

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    Not many positives for team Slovakia so far. Only the goalies, too bad we can't play them both at the same time.

    The only other positive is that most of the promising players have a year or two of this tourney left in them. The u18 team is at least making Slovak hockey fans happier with their results in their tournament and giving us hope that the u18s on home turf will be more fun to follow for us.

    Given the developments in the other group, game between Slovakia and Latvia is shaping up to be the early relegation game.
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    Yay, way to go Denmark!
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    Mathias From's overtime goal against the Czech (3-2) was a real beauty.
    All the three drafted Danish players scored a goal in this match, so they are stepping forward when it matters.
    The goaltending and defense still keep surprising - as it has often been the weak point - and the Danish team is perfect 11/11 in the penalty kills as the only remaining team.

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    What a dream tournament so far by Denmark! Really glad for them.

    Finland's tournament has, by contrast, been a nightmare for them. Shocked.

    The USA's win over Russia was nice to see.

    Sad to see that the Slovaks have clearly dropped out of the top tier of hockey nations. Can't really rank them with the big guns anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinov View Post
    Mathias From's overtime goal against the Czech (3-2) was a real beauty.
    All the three drafted Danish players scored a goal in this match, so they are stepping forward when it matters.
    The goaltending and defense still keep surprising - as it has often been the weak point - and the Danish team is perfect 11/11 in the penalty kills as the only remaining team.
    It's difficult not to be pleased with how Denmark has played so far, especially in the games against Finland and the Czech Republic and perhaps most importantly things have steadily improved from game to game.

    On paper, this year’s team looks more balanced than the 2016 roster, but outside of that I think the overall effort shown by all of the players (taking away passing lanes, blocking shots, backchecking etc.) helps out the goalies and the defence significantly.

    Either way, hopefully they can continue to play well for the remainder of the tournament now that the ticket for next year has been booked.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    What a dream tournament so far by Denmark! Really glad for them.
    Had hoped that they would be able to build on the 2015 & 2016 tournaments, but this is better than expected so say the least!

    And after the Danish senior national team (once) again missing out on the Olympics, it’s quite important for the whole national program that the junior team didn’t take a step back this year (getting relegated), so the timing couldn’t be better.

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    CAN - USA on New Years Eve should be the usual cataclysm. I am even going to depart from my usual policy of no predictions and going with CAN 3 USA 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    What a dream tournament so far by Denmark! Really glad for them.

    Finland's tournament has, by contrast, been a nightmare for them. Shocked.
    Going into this tournament, it was pretty much expected the Finns would be a shadow of last year's championship team.
    But even without Laine and Aho and the other key players gone nobody expected they'd be in the relegation series.
    I don't ever recall any other reigning champion falling that far....it really is shocking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post

    Sad to see that the Slovaks have clearly dropped out of the top tier of hockey nations. Can't really rank them with the big guns anymore.
    This Slovak team isn't exactly without talent, it's just that the to players are 1998s/1999s. Also the loss of Bucek was a huge blow. In pre tourney games most goals came from his linw with Ruzicka and Studenic. At least they will have another shot next year.

    The 1999 class is still shaping up to be the best since like 1984 for Slovakia, but the yonger classes don't seem much better.

    It seems like the federation might be starting to do something about it as I wrote on the Slocak board,but even if true it would take around 10 years to climb back.
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    Latvia vs. Finland in the relegation round. Never thought that'd happen to the latter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marras View Post
    It's difficult not to be pleased with how Denmark has played so far, especially in the games against Finland and the Czech Republic and perhaps most importantly things have steadily improved from game to game.

    On paper, this year’s team looks more balanced than the 2016 roster, but outside of that I think the overall effort shown by all of the players (taking away passing lanes, blocking shots, backchecking etc.) helps out the goalies and the defence significantly.

    Either way, hopefully they can continue to play well for the remainder of the tournament now that the ticket for next year has been booked.
    I agree that the depth of this time and their willingness to really give all for each other has been a huge part of the success - and to this equation both goalies and the elite forwards has been stepping up when it mattered.

    Denmark lost 5-4 SO to the Swiss after having a 4-1 lead.
    I wonder how much the back-to-back games were a factor here?
    But in spite of being hammered the second half of the game they managed to at least get 1 point, which still makes a second-place in the group possible (if Sweden & Finland wins their last matches against the Czechs and Swiss).
    A QF against Russia would be preferable to Canada and USA as Denmark has done quite well against them recently.

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    A question for all history buffs out there... has it ever happened before in international hockey that the entire management team gets sacked in mid-tournament and replaced with people who were not originally with the team?

    Because that's what Finland just did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laho View Post
    A question for all history buffs out there... has it ever happened before in international hockey that the entire management team gets sacked in mid-tournament and replaced with people who were not originally with the team?

    Because that's what Finland just did.
    Never heard of it personally. Kind of shocked that the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation would make such a move while the tournament is happening.

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    USA 3, Canada 1. Kudos to the US team for keeping their game simple. They played stingy defence, blocked a lot of shots and passing lanes, and capitalized on early PP chances.

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    QF are set:
    Russia vs Denmark
    USA vs Switzerland
    Sweden vs Slovakia
    Canada vs Czech Rep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinov View Post
    I agree that the depth of this time and their willingness to really give all for each other has been a huge part of the success - and to this equation both goalies and the elite forwards has been stepping up when it mattered.

    Denmark lost 5-4 SO to the Swiss after having a 4-1 lead.
    I wonder how much the back-to-back games were a factor here?

    But in spite of being hammered the second half of the game they managed to at least get 1 point, which still makes a second-place in the group possible (if Sweden & Finland wins their last matches against the Czechs and Swiss).
    A QF against Russia would be preferable to Canada and USA as Denmark has done quite well against them recently.
    It might be called a bad excuse, but fatigue looked like a factor and comparing the shots on goal allowed in the first three games (33, 36 & 34) with Denmark’s game (53) against Switzerland is quite telling.

    Still as disappointing as it must have been for the players losing the game in a SO after having such a lead, every time you get the chance to grab a point at this level it’s at least better to earn one point than none (no use of course if the game had been all about avoiding the relegation round!) and it could have proven to be quite an important one.

    Since the other results also went Denmark’s way we kept 2nd place, which in addition to obviously being a huge result for Danish hockey sets up a quarterfinal match against Russia and something that should offset the loss a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    USA 3, Canada 1. Kudos to the US team for keeping their game simple. They played stingy defence, blocked a lot of shots and passing lanes, and capitalized on early PP chances.
    Canada did not help its cause by taking some stupid penalties.
    They had been getting away with it against lesser opponents but the Americans punished their mistakes.
    Hopefully the lesson will be learned going forward....stay the heck out of the penalty box!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    Never heard of it personally. Kind of shocked that the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation would make such a move while the tournament is happening.
    Yeah, I can think of a million ways how that kind of move turns out to be not beneficial at all. However, in this case the circumstances actually favored it. The new management team is simply the one that would have taken over the Finnish U20 program after the tournament anyway - all they did was advance the transition by a week or so. And these people were already in Montreal, watching the games and taking notes, so they didn't even have to tell anyone to jump on a plane and haul backside over to Canada from the other end of the world.

    Finally, the new bench boss is the outgoing U18 NT head coach, and half of Finland's squad were with him when they won the U18 WC gold last spring. So he knows most of this team already. The players know him, they respect him, and are thus far more likely to listen to him, especially when it appeared that the previous staff had pretty much lost the bench.
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    Great insights Laho - thank you.

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    USA has an easier path to the gold medal game than Sweden or Canada, at least on paper. But we all know paper predictions don't always come true.

    Would LOVE to see Denmark make history and knock off Russia. Would also love to see the Czechs and Slovaks win. In the end I'll bet some combination of Sweden, USA and Canada for the medals.

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    Your dream will have to wait until next year unfortunately.

    I was surprised to see Finland only just get past Latvia. Seeing this is a 2-leg match, could the unthinkable happen and we see the Finns playing in 1A?

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    A comfortable win for Russia, but the Danish players gave all they had, which is all you can ask for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BhamJohn View Post
    I was surprised to see Finland only just get past Latvia. Seeing this is a 2-leg match, could the unthinkable happen and we see the Finns playing in 1A?
    I won't scoff at the thought, but I think it's still a long ways off.

    I must say that Finland looked pretty disinterested, but that's what often happens when you're facing a clearly inferior opponent. Doubly so with juniors. Regardless, Finland walked out with what they needed - namely, a win - and hopefully they also learned that they're risking too much with their current effort level. Yet I have to admit that this team doesn't seem as mentally strong as Finland usually is, meaning they get easily frustrated when things don't go their way - which makes scoring even harder for them.

    Latvia had a shot here to surprise and frustrate Finland, but in the end the Young Lions still clawed out what they needed. And Finland now knows they can't just coast to an easy win in the next game. I'm not dim enough to say that Latvia has no chance, but I don't think they'll get another opportunity as good as this to catch Finland unawares.
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    Whew. I need a drink.
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