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    u20 IHWC 2018 World Juniors in Buffalo, USA, December 26th 2017 - January 5th 2018

    Participating countries:

    Group A:

    Canada
    Denmark
    Finland
    Slovakia
    USA

    Group B:

    Belarus
    Czech republic
    Russia
    Sweden
    Switzerland





    There are less than 60 days to go until Christmas which meanns that we are less than 2 months away from my favourite hockey event of the year - the World Juniors.

    Who do you think will win/medal? Who will be relegated?

    Which players do you expect to be on your team?

    For Slovakia this year might be interesting as we have more depth than in recent years, especially on offense. The u20 team has some great results in Slovak league, but
    there are also players abroad with good seasons.

    Goalies: Durny has been the starter for the u20 team and is likely to get a spot. The other goalie on the team is 2001 born talent Samuel Hlavaj who will be 3rd goalie at best. That leaves us with David Hrenak from NCAA and Juraj Ovecka from NAHL. It's a shame that Adam Huska wasn't born a year later....
    Deffense: Martin Bodak and Michal Ivan from North America and Martin Fervary and Marek Korencik will mix with the u20 team players
    Offense: here it gets a bit complicated. Obviously there is Adam Ruzicka, but pretty much all of Roman, Hrehorcak, Liska, Studenic, Hrehorcak, Bucek, Lacka etc, are possible candidates. Im Sweden Galbavy is doing really well. And then there are the offensive leaders on the u20 team like Vasas, Tamasi, Cacho...
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    I will give my early thoughts on Denmark and what to expect.

    It’s the fourth straight WJC-20 for the Danish junior team and the goal is once again to stay up.

    In 2015, 2016 & 2017 they managed to do it by qualifying for the quarterfinals. Hopefully they will be able to repeat that feed, but at this point it’s most realistic to have a wait-and-see approach (Projecting Denmark at this level is always difficult. There are not a lot of players to choose from, both in terms of depth and in talent. Denmark is thus overmatched in pretty much every aspect of the game so a bit of overachieving is needed. In short, some year’s things will go very well and other times you might see Denmark lose 10-0.). A good starting point for this year’s tournament is to build on the last three WJC’s and continue to play at that level.

    As for this year’s group it’s rather unrealistic to expect points against USA and Canada. Finland should also be highly motivated after last year tournament, so upsetting them for a second straight year is probably highly unlikely. This could set up a “relegation-match” against Slovakia, which also was the relegation-scenario for Denmark back in 2015 & 2016, the only difference being that it’s now Slovakia instead of Switzerland.

    I will let others decided whether this trade-off is beneficial for Denmark or how the odds of getting a win are. The U20 team has only played once against them (a 4-3 loss) at this level, but that was close to 10 years ago. Looking at the record for the 1998-class & 1999-class, Denmark is 0-2 at the U17-level and 1-2 at the U18-level.

    If Denmark ends up in the relegation round it’s pretty clear, which 4 teams from the other group we would like to avoid in such a matchup. That being said, even if Denmark manages to stay up this year, staying up beyond that might be difficult as the Danish prospect pool looks to be in a bit of a decline. While this shouldn’t have that much of an impact on the senior national team short-term, the U18 & U20 teams could be in for some difficult or less successful years.

    That aside and while this year’s roster might not be as strong as the 2017-version, it’s still an interesting one. There are 9 players eligible to return including goalie Kasper Krog, who was excellent in the three games he played in last year, defencemen Oliver Gatz & Oliver Larsen and most notably forwards Joachim Blichfeld, Nikolaj Krag-Christensen and Jonas Røndbjerg.

    Now Gatz (first amongst Danish defencemen in ice-time last year) is currently injured and haven’t played this season, so he’s a bit of a question mark. That leaves Larsen as the only projected d-man to return, which is a bit lower compared to recent years (usually 2-3 returnees on defence). In addition to those two, expect Detroit draft pick Malte Setkov to be amongst the locks on defence.

    On offence the (projected) top-line of Blichfeld, Krag-Christensen and Røndbjerg (last year’s 2nd line) has proved that they can produce at this level and will be asked to do it again. What also remains to be seen is if Denmark will be able to find a line that can add some secondary scoring. There are players that could fill that role, but there’s also a difference between being able to produce and play well at the U18 Div. IA level (on defence and offence several 1999-born players are competing for roster spots) and do the same at the WJC.

    But again just some early thoughts, the coming U20 tournament in Latvia might provide some answers and the camp roster in early December should also indicate a thing or two.
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    Thanks for the great insight into the Danish team, Marras!

    While anything can happen in the SVK - DEN game, I have to say that it would be very disappointing for Slovak fans if we should play for relegation only. But that has happened with better teams in the past.

    On paper, this year's Slovak team might be able to steal some points even from the better teams (although this has to be based on a great goalie and team performance). Same for next year if we go by the level of play at this year's u18s in Slovakia.

    Beyond that it gets worse for Slovakia as well, the 2000 and 2002 classes don't look all that well, with the latter showing abysmal performances against countries like Hungary or Poland at a tournament a year ago. 2004 class seems like it might be something special, but it's extremely early to tell.

    Also, it has to be said for the Slovak team, we never quite know which players coach Bokros will select as it's usual for him to overlook players playing abroad in favour of weaker players from the u20 team that plays in Slovak league.

    Given how many of the best 1998 and especially 1999 born players are playing abroad, there might be quite a few surprises, especially given that Bokros prefers to take the oldest players possible. Jozef Balaz for example has been doing extremely well in Cezch juniors and okay in WSM Liga and even earned himself a start in the Czech extraliga, yet it wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the team for the u20 tournament later this week.

    G Roman Durny, D Martin Bodak, D Martin Fehervary, F Milos Roman, F Adam Ruzicka, F Marian Studenic, F Samuel Bucek (though he missed the tourney due to an injury) are possible returnees and one would assume that Bokros should take all of them this year again.

    But it doesn't seem all that likely that he will take too many of the other players playing abroad from G David Hrenak, D Michal Ivan, D Patrik Hrehorcak, F Adam Liska, F Jakub Lacka, F Matej Galbavy, F Milos Kelemen (technically not abroad but not in the u20 team either as he plays for Zvolen in Tipsport Liga)
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    Preliminary Round Schedule

    December 26th
    Group B CZE - RUS
    Group B BLR - SWE
    Group A CAN - FIN
    Group A DEN - USA

    December 27th
    Group B SUI - BLR
    Group A SVK - CAN

    December 28th
    Group A FIN - DEN
    Group B RUS - SUI
    Group B SWE - CZE
    Group A USA - SVK

    December 29th
    Group B BLR - RUS
    Group A CAN - USA

    December 30th
    Group B CZE - BLR
    Group B SWE - SUI
    Group A FIN - SVK
    Group A DEN - CAN

    December 31st
    Group B SUI - CZE
    Group A USA - FIN
    Group A SVK - DEN
    Group B RUS - SWE
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    Rosters

    Group A:

    Canada
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    Denmark
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    Finland
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    Slovakia
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    USA
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:


    Group B:

    Belarus
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    Czech republic
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    Russia
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    Sweden
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:

    Switzerland
    Goalies:
    D-men:
    Forwards:
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    Slovakia Euro Camp Roster

    The Slovak federation released the roster for the Euro camp which starts on the 7th of December in Piestany. For some reason Martin Fehervary is missing from the list. I hope it's just that Oskarhamn didn't want to release him this early. G David Hrenak, D Martin Bodak, D Michal Ivan, F Adam Ruzicka, F Martin Studenic, F Adam Liska, F Milos Roman and F Samuel Bucek are among the players who will join the team for the camp in NA.

    PositionNameDOBTeam
    GRoman Durný28. 05. 1998MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš
    GSamuel Hlavaj29. 05. 2001MHA Martin
    GJakub Kostelný21. 05. 1999HK DUKLA Trenčín
    DSamuel Fereta29. 12. 1998HC SLOVAN Bratislava
    DTomᚠHedera07. 11. 1998HC SLOVAN Bratislava
    DMarek Korenčik19. 07. 1999Lulea HF (SWE)
    DMartin Krempaský09. 04. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    DAndrej Leško 01. 12. 1998HC Bíli Tygři Liberec (CZE)
    DDávid Matejovič21. 08. 1998MMHK Nitra
    DErik Rajnoha01. 08. 1998Södertälje SK (SWE)
    DVojtech Zeleňák12. 06. 1998 HC Sparta Praha (CZE)
    DAdam Žiak22. 07. 1999TuTo Hockey (FIN)
    FPeter Bjalončík29. 07. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    FViliam Čacho14. 10. 1998HK DUKLA Trenčín
    FNiki Jaško05. 09. 1998HC SLOVAN Bratislava
    FMiloš Kelemen27. 03. 1999HKM Zvolen
    FFilip Krivošík27. 03. 1999LeKi Hockey (FíIN)
    FPeter Kundrik03. 12. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    FPatrik Marcinek04. 10. 1998HKM Zvolen
    FRadoslav Mesaroš04. 07. 1998HK Mládež Michalovce
    FErik Smolka14. 11. 1998HK DUKLA Trenčín
    FAlex Tamáši25. 03. 1998HC'05 Banská Bystrica
    FRastislav Václav02. 02. 1998 HK ŠKP Poprad
    FFilip Vašaš07. 05. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    FVladimír Vybiral29. 12. 1998MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš
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    Czech Republic Czech republic preliminary roster

    Josef Kořenář (HC Benátky nad Jizerou)
    Jakub Škarek (HC Dukla Jihlava)

    Vojtěch Budík (Prince Albert Raiders)
    LukᚠDoudera (HC Verva Litvínov)
    Jakub Galvas (HC Olomouc)
    Libor Hájek (Saskatoon Blades)
    Filip Haman (HC Frýdek-Místek)
    František Hrdinka (BK Mladá Boleslav)
    Filip Král (Spokane Chiefs)
    David Kvasnička (HC Škoda Plzeň)
    Radim Šalda (Saint John Sea Dogs)
    Ondřej Vála (Kamploops Blazers)

    Filip Helt
    Ondřej Machala (HC Stadion Litoměřice)
    Kryštof Hrabík (Bílí Tygři Liberec)
    Filip Chytil (Hartford Wolf Pack)
    Martin Kaut (HC Dynamo Pardubice)
    Petr Kodýtek (HC Škoda Plzeň)
    Daniel Kurovský (HC Vítkovice Ridera)
    Jakub Lauko (Piráti Chomutov)
    Albert Michnáč (Mississauga Steelheads)
    Martin Nečas (HC Kometa Brno)
    Radovan Pavlík (Mountfield HK)
    Kristián Reichel (Red Deer Rebels)
    Ostap Safin (Saint John Sea Dogs)
    Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads)
    Marek Zachar (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
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    Denmark Denmark - Preliminary roster

    Goaltenders
    Kasper Krog - SønderjyskE
    Mads Søgaard - Austin Bruins (NAHL)
    Mads-Emil Gransøe - Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL)

    Defencemen:
    Christian Larsen - Odense
    Jakob Jessen - Herning
    Jeppe Mogensen – AIK Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Lasse Carlsen - Rødovre
    Lasse Mortensen - Rødovre
    Malte Setkov - Malmö Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Oliver Larsen - Leksand Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Rasmus Heine - Rødovre

    Forwards:
    Andreas Grundtvig - Esbjerg
    Asger Petersen - Odense
    Christian Wejse - Esbjerg
    Christoffer Gath - Herlev
    Daniel Nielsen - Herning
    David Madsen - Växjo Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup - Fargo Force (USHL)
    Joachim Blichfeld - Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    Jonas Røndbjerg - Växjö (SHL)
    Lucas Andersen – Jokerit Jrs. (Jr. A SM-liiga-FIN)
    Magnus Molge - Malmö Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Nikolaj Krag-Christensen - Rungsted
    Oliver True - Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
    Phillip Schultz - Rødovre
    Valdemar Ahlberg - Austin Bruins (NAHL)

    4 players will be cut prior to the start of training camp in mid-December.

    Oliver Gatz, who lead Danish defencemen in ice-time last year will be absence but that aside, the roster is as expected.

    Roster Update: Cuts
    Albert Adamsen (G) - Herning
    William Rørth (G) - Rødovre
    Daniel Baastrup (D) - Linköping Jrs. (SuperElit-SWE)
    Lukas Bach Nielsen (F) – Zug Jrs. (Elite Jr. A-SUI)
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    Is Gatz injured or was he simply not chosen for the roster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaaa View Post
    Is Gatz injured or was he simply not chosen for the roster?
    Injury and he hasn't played all season, so not that unexpected.
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    Sweden Extended roster

    G Filip LarssonTri-City Storm
    G Filip Gustavson Luleå
    G Olle Eriksson Ek Färjestad

    D Rasmus Dahlin Frölunda
    D Timothy Liljegren Toronto Marlies
    D Gustav Lindström Almtuna
    D Erik Brännström HV71
    D Jacob Moverare Mississauga Steelheads
    D Jesper Sellgren Modo
    D Linus Högberg Växjö
    D Filip Westerlund Frölunda

    F Tim Söderlund Skellefteå
    F Oskar Steen Färjestad
    F Elias Pettersson Växjö
    F Lias Andersson Frölunda
    F Marcus Davidsson Djurgården
    F Axel Jonsson Fjällby Djurgården
    F Isac Lundeström Luleå
    F Fabian Zetterlund Färjestad
    F Jacob Olofsson Timrå
    F David Gustafsson HV71
    F Lucas Elvenes Rögle
    F Glenn Gustafsson Örebro
    F Fredrik Karlström Linköping
    F Jesper Boqvist Brynäs
    F Linus Lindström Skellefteå
    F Alexander Nylander Rochester Americans (Pending release from Buffalo)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaaa View Post
    The Slovak federation released the roster for the Euro camp which starts on the 7th of December in Piestany. For some reason Martin Fehervary is missing from the list. I hope it's just that Oskarhamn didn't want to release him this early. G David Hrenak, D Martin Bodak, D Michal Ivan, F Adam Ruzicka, F Martin Studenic, F Adam Liska, F Milos Roman and F Samuel Bucek are among the players who will join the team for the camp in NA.

    PositionNameDOBTeam
    GRoman Durný28. 05. 1998MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš
    GSamuel Hlavaj29. 05. 2001MHA Martin
    GJakub Kostelný21. 05. 1999HK DUKLA Trenčín
    DSamuel Fereta29. 12. 1998HC SLOVAN Bratislava
    DTomᚠHedera07. 11. 1998HC SLOVAN Bratislava
    DMarek Korenčik19. 07. 1999Lulea HF (SWE)
    DMartin Krempaský09. 04. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    DAndrej Leško 01. 12. 1998HC Bíli Tygři Liberec (CZE)
    DDávid Matejovič21. 08. 1998MMHK Nitra
    DErik Rajnoha01. 08. 1998Södertälje SK (SWE)
    DVojtech Zeleňák12. 06. 1998 HC Sparta Praha (CZE)
    DAdam Žiak22. 07. 1999TuTo Hockey (FIN)
    FPeter Bjalončík29. 07. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    FViliam Čacho14. 10. 1998HK DUKLA Trenčín
    FNiki Jaško05. 09. 1998HC SLOVAN Bratislava
    FMiloš Kelemen27. 03. 1999HKM Zvolen
    FFilip Krivošík27. 03. 1999LeKi Hockey (FíIN)
    FPeter Kundrik03. 12. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    FPatrik Marcinek04. 10. 1998HKM Zvolen
    FRadoslav Mesaroš04. 07. 1998HK Mládež Michalovce
    FErik Smolka14. 11. 1998HK DUKLA Trenčín
    FAlex Tamáši25. 03. 1998HC'05 Banská Bystrica
    FRastislav Václav02. 02. 1998 HK ŠKP Poprad
    FFilip Vašaš07. 05. 1998HK ŠKP Poprad
    FVladimír Vybiral29. 12. 1998MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš
    Martin Fehervary will join the team shortly before the flight to the US. 18 players from the Euro camp will travel to the US. The following 10 players will join the camp in US:

    G David Hrenak St. Cloud State Univ./NCAA
    D Dusan Kmec Philadelphia Rebels/NAHL
    D Michal Ivan Acadie-Bathurst Titan/QMJHL
    D Martin Bodak Kootenay Ice/WHL
    F Marian Studenic Hamilton Bulldogs/OHL
    F Adam Liska Kitchener Rangers/OHL
    F Adam Ruzicka Sarnia Sting/OHL
    F Milos Roman Vancouver Giants/WHL
    F Samuel Bucek Chicago Steel/USHL

    5 players will be cut from the team after the 2 exhibition games.

    Notable omissions include a trio of forwards, Marek Valach and Jakub Lacka from the USHL and Matej Galbavy from Swedish juniors.
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    Canada Canada names camp roster

    0 Jonathan Ang Forward R 5'11 160 01-31-1998 Markham, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) FLA '16 (4, 94)
    0 Drake Batherson Forward R 6'2 188 04-27-1998 New Minas, N.S. Cape Breton (QMJHL) OTT '17 (4, 121)
    0 Maxime Comtois Forward L 6'2 199 01-08-1999 Longueuil, Que. Victoriaville (QMJHL) ANA '17 (2, 50)
    0 Dillon Dubé Forward L 5'11 186 07-20-1998 Cochrane, Alta. Kelowna (WHL) CGY '16 (2, 56)
    0 Alex Formenton Forward L 6'2 175 09-13-1999 King City, Ont. London (OHL) OTT '17 (2, 47)
    0 Jonah Gadjovich Forward L 6'2 201 10-12-1998 Whitby, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) VAN '17 (2, 55)
    0 Cody Glass Forward R 6'2 179 04-01-1999 Winnipeg, Man. Portland (WHL) VGK '17 (1, 6)
    0 Brett Howden Forward L 6'3 191 03-29-1998 Oakbank, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) TBL '16 (1, 27)
    0 Tanner Kaspick Forward L 6'1 205 01-28-1998 Brandon, Man. Brandon (WHL) STL '16 (4, 119)
    0 Boris Katchouk Forward L 6'3 190 06-18-1998 Waterloo, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) TBL '16 (2, 44)
    0 Jordan Kyrou Forward R 6'0 177 05-08-1998 Toronto, Ont. Sarnia (OHL) STL '16 (2, 35)
    0 Kole Lind Forward R 6'1 173 10-16-1998 Shaunavon, Sask. Kelowna (WHL) VAN '17 (2, 33)
    0 Michael McLeod Forward R 6'2 195 02-03-1998 Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) NJD '16 (1, 12)
    0 Taylor Raddysh Forward R 6'2 209 02-18-1998 Caledon, Ont. Erie (OHL) TBL '16 (2, 58)
    0 Sam Steel Forward L 6'0 180 02-03-1998 Sherwood Park, Alta. Regina (WHL) ANA '16 (1, 30)
    0 Tyler Steenbergen Forward L 5'10" 160 01-07-1998 Sylvan Lake, Alta. Swift Current (WHL) ARI '17 (5, 128)
    0 Nick Suzuki Forward R 5'10" 185 08-10-1999 London, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) VGK '17 (1, 13)
    0 Robert Thomas Forward R 6'0 188 07-02-1999 Aurora, Ont London (OHL) STL '17 (1, 20)
    0 Jake Bean Defence L 6'1 169 06-09-1998 Calgary, Alta. Calgary (WHL) CAR '16 (1, 13)
    0 Dennis Cholowski Defence L 6'1 185 02-15-1998 Langley, B.C. Prince George (WHL) DET '16 (1, 20)
    0 Kale Clague Defence L 6'0 177 06-05-1998 Lloydminster, Alta. Brandon (WHL) LAK '16 (2, 51)
    0 Dante Fabbro Defence R 6'1 192 06-20-1998 Coquitlam, B.C. Boston University (HE) NSH '16 (1, 17)
    0 Mario Ferraro Defence L 5'10 185 09-17-1998 King City, Ont. U. of Massachusetts (HE) SJS '17 (2, 49)
    0 Cal Foote Defence R 6'4 210 12-13-1998 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna (WHL) TBL '17 (1, 14)
    0 Josh Mahura Defence L 6'1 185 05-05-1998 St. Albert, Alta. Regina (WHL) ANA '16 (3, 85)
    0 Cale Makar Defence R 5'10 175 10-30-1998 Calgary, Alta. U. of Massachusetts (HE) COL '17 (1, 4)
    0 Logan Stanley Defence L 6'7 231 05-26-1998 Waterloo, Ont. Kitchener (OHL) WPG '16 (1, 18)
    0 Conor Timmins Defence R 6'1 182 09-18-1998 Thorold, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) COL '17 (2, 32)
    GOALTENDERS
    No. Player Pos Catches Height Weight DOB Hometown Current Team Draft
    0 Michael DiPietro Goaltender L 6'0 193 06-09-1999 Amherstburg, Ont. Windsor (OHL) VAN '17 (3, 64)
    0 Carter Hart Goaltender L 6'2 180 08-13-1998 Sherwood Park, Alta. Everett (WHL) PHI '16 (2, 48)
    0 Samuel Harvey Goaltender R 5'10" 181 02-04-1998 Alma, Que. Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) Undrafted/Non repêché
    0 Colton Point Goaltender L 6'3" 220 03-07-1998 North Bay, Ont. Colgate University (ECAC) DAL '16 (5, 128)
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    USA USA Preliminary Roster

    GOALTENDERS (3)
    Jake Oettinger^ 6-4 (193) 215 (97) 12/18/1998 L Lakeville, Minn. Boston University (HEA) DAL (’17, 1st rd., 26th overall)
    Jeremy Swayman 6-3 (191) 200 (91) 11/24/1998 L Anchorage, Alaska University of Maine (HEA) BOS (’17, 4th rd., 111th overall)
    Joseph Woll^ 6-3 (191) 197 (89) 07/12/1998 L St. Louis, Mo. Boston College (HEA) TOR (’16, 3rd rd., 62nd overall)
    DEFENSEMEN (10)
    Mikey Anderson 6-0 (183) 198 (90) 05/25/1999 L Roseville, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) LAK (’17, 4th rd., 103rd overall)
    Adam Fox^ 5-11 (180) 185 (84) 02/17/1998 R Jericho, N.Y. Harvard University (ECAC Hockey) CGY (’16, 3rd rd., 66th overall)
    Quinn Hughes 5-9 (176) 168 (76) 10/14/1999 L Orlando, Fla. University of Michigan (Big Ten) 2018 Draft Eligible
    Cole Hults 6-2 (188) 195 (88) 05/22/1998 L Stoughton, Wis. Penn State University (Big Ten) LAK (’17, 5th rd., 134th overall)
    Phil Kemp 6-3 (191) 199 (90) 02/12/1999 R Greenwich, Conn. Yale University (ECAC Hockey) EDM (’17, 7th rd., 208th overall)
    Ryan Lindgren^ 6-0 (183) 204 (93) 02/11/1998 L Minneapolis, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten) BOS (’16, 2nd rd., 49th overall)
    Andrew Peeke 6-2 (188) 211 (96) 03/17/1998 R Parkland, Fla. University of Notre Dame (Big Ten) CBJ (‘16, 2nd rd., 34th overall)
    Scott Perunovich 5-10 (177) 170 (77) 08/18/1998 L Hibbing, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) 2018 Draft Eligible
    Dylan Samberg 6-4 (193) 215 (97) 01/24/1999 L Hermantown, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) WPG (’17, 2nd rd., 43rd overall)
    Reilly Walsh 6-0 (183) 185 (84) 04/21/1999 R North Falmouth, Mass. Harvard University (ECAC Hockey) NJD (’17, 3rd rd., 81st overall)
    FORWARDS (15)
    Joey Anderson^ 6-0 (180) 200 (91) 06/19/1998 R Roseville, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) NJD (’16, 3rd rd., 73rd overall)
    Jack Badini 6-0 (183) 203 (92) 01/19/1998 L Old Greenwich, Conn. Harvard University (ECAC Hockey) ANA (’17, 3rd rd., 91st overall)
    Kieffer Bellows^ 6-1 (185) 204 (93) 06/10/1998 L Edina, Minn. Portland Winterhawks (WHL) NYI (’16, 1st rd., 19th overall)
    Logan Brown 6-6 (198) 218 (99) 03/05/1998 L St. Louis, Mo. Windsor Spitfires (OHL) OTT (’16, 1st rd., 11th overall)
    Trent Frederic 6-2 (188) 212 (96) 02/11/1998 L St. Louis, Mo. University of Wisconsin (Big Ten) BOS (’16, 1st rd., 29th overall)
    Patrick Harper^ 5-8 (175) 158 (72) 07/29/1998 L New Canaan, Conn. Boston University (HEA) NSH (‘16, 5th rd., 138th overall)
    Max Jones 6-3 (191) 210 (95) 02/17/1998 L Rochester, Mich. London Knights (OHL) ANA (’16, 1st rd., 24th overall)
    Will Lockwood 6-0 (183) 173 (78) 06/20/1998 R Bloomfield Hills, Mich. University of Michigan (Big Ten) VAN (‘16, 3rd rd., 64th overall)
    Hugh McGing 5-8 (175) 170 (77) 07/11/1998 L Chicago, Ill. Western Michigan University (NCHC) 2018 Draft Eligible
    Casey Mittelstadt 6-0 (183) 202 (92) 11/22/1998 L Eden Prairie, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten) BUF (’17, 1st rd., 8th overall)
    Josh Norris 6-1 (185) 194 (88) 05/05/1999 L Oxford, Mich. University of Michigan (Big Ten) SJS (’17, 1st rd., 19th overall
    Ryan Poehling 6-2 (188) 193 (87) 01/03/1999 L Lakeville, Minn. St. Cloud State University (NCHC) MTL (’17, 1st rd., 25th overall)
    Brady Tkachuk 6-3 (191) 194 (88) 09/16/1999 L St. Louis, Mo. Boston University (HEA) 2018 Draft Eligible
    Riley Tufte 6-5 (196) 227 (103) 04/10/1998 L Ham Lake, Minn. University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC) DAL (’16, 1st rd., 25th overall)
    Kailer Yamamoto 5-8 (173) 153 (69) 09/29/1998 R Spokane, Wash. Spokane Chiefs (WHL) EDM (’17, 1st rd., 22nd overall)
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    Finland Finland Preliminary Roster

    1 Luukkonen Ukko-Pekka, HPK Hämeenlinna
    30 Lehtinen Lassi, Lukko Rauma
    31 Halonen Niilo, HIFK Helsinki

    2 Heiskanen Miro, HIFK Helsinki
    4 Salo Robin, Sport Vaasa
    5 Räsänen Eemeli, Kingston Frontenacs OHL
    6 Välimäki Juuso, C Tri-City Americans WHL
    7 Juolevi Olli, TPS Turku
    23 Vaakanainen Urho, SaiPa Lappeenranta
    25 Laavainen Roope, HPK Hämeenlinna
    28 Jokiharju Henri, Portland Winterhawks WHL
    36 Kotkansalo Kasper, Boston University NCAA

    3 Jääskä Juha, HIFK Helsinki
    9 Kuokkanen Janne, Carolina Hurricanes NHL
    10 Turkulainen Jerry, JYP Jyväskylä
    12 Koivula Otto, Ilves Tampere
    13 Vesalainen Kristian, HPK Hämeenlinna
    15 Koppanen Joona, Ilves Tampere
    18 Moilanen Sami, Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
    19 Tuulola Eetu, HPK Hämeenlinna
    20 Tolvanen Eeli, Jokerit Helsinki
    21 Nurmi Markus, TPS Turku
    22 Räsänen Aapeli, Boston College NCAA
    27 Ikonen Joni, KalPa Kuopio
    29 Luostarinen Eetu, KalPa Kuopio
    32 Heponiemi Aleksi, Swift Current Broncos WHL
    33 Innala Jere, HPK Hämeenlinna
    34 Kupari Rasmus, Kärpät Oulu
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    Switzerland Preliminary Roster

    Matteo Ritz (Lausanne HC), Andrin Seifert (EHC Kloten), Philip Wüthrich (SC Bern).

    Davyd Barandun (HC Davos), Tim Berni (GCK/ZSC Lions), Dominik Egli (EHC Kloten), Tobias Geisser (EVZ Academy), Colin Gerber (SC Bern), Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals / OHL), Simon Le Coultre (Moncton Wildcats / QMJHL), Victor Öjdemark (EV Zug), Elia Riva (HC Lugano), Livio Stadler (EV Zug).

    Fabian Berni (GCK/ZSC Lions), Marco Cavalleri (Victoriaville Tigres / QMJHL), Nando Eggenberger (HC Davos), André Heim (SC Bern), Ken Jäger (HC Davos), Gilian Kohler (Kootenay Ice / WHL), Philipp Kurashev (Québec Remparts / QMJHL) Sven Leuenberger (EV Zug), Guillaume Maillard (Genève-Servette HC), Marco Miranda (GCK/ZSC Lions) , Nicolas Müller (Modo Hockey / SWE), Valentin Nussbaumer (EHC Biel), Stéphane Patry (Erie Otters / OHL), Dario Rohrbach (EHC Basel/KLH), Stefan Rüegsegger (SCL Tigers), Justin Sigrist (Kamloops Blazers / WHL), Axel Simic (Lausanne HC), Dominik Volejnicek (EV Zug).
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    Belarus Belarus Preliminary Roster

    Andrei Grischenko (G) 18 1999-02-09 6'2" 176 L Belarus
    Dmitri Rodik (G) 19 1998-04-15 Vitebsk, BLR 5'11" 187 L Belarus
    Nikita Tolopilo (G) 17 2000-06-04 Minsk, BLR 6'6" 214 L Belarus2

    Dmitri Burovtsev (D) 19 1998-04-21 Novopolotsk, BLR 6'1" 179 L Belarus
    Dmitri Deryabin (D) 18 1999-10-20 Minsk, BLR 6'2" 198 L Belarus
    Vladislav Gabrus (D) 18 1999-06-05 Zhlobin, BLR 5'10" 183 L Belarus
    Andrei Gostev (D) 19 1998-02-16 Gomel, BLR 6'2" 187 L Belarus
    Maxim Magaletsky (D) 19 1998-02-25 Gomel, BLR 5'10" 163 L Belarus
    Vladislav Martynyuk (D) 19 1998-08-28 Brest, BLR 5'10" 172 R MHL
    Sergei Sapego (D) Upper Body injury, out indefinitely 18 1999-10-08 Vitebsk, BLR 6'2" 172 L WHL
    Dmitri Savritsky (D) 18 1999-07-20 Minsk, BLR 6'0" 187 L Belarus
    Vladislav Sokolovsky (D) 19 1998-11-06 Minsk, BLR 5'11" 185 R Belarus
    Vladislav Yeryomenko (D) 18 1999-04-24 Mishutki, BLR 6'0" 176 R WHL
    Nikita Zuyev (D) 18 1999-09-25 5'11" 172 L Belarus

    Nazar Anisimov (F) 19 1998-03-06 Novopolotsk, BLR 5'10" 168 L Belarus
    Arseni Astashevich (F) 19 1998-05-13 Minsk, BLR 6'3" 181 L Belarus
    Artyom Baltruk (RW/C) 18 1999-05-04 Novopolotsk, BLR 6'4" 196 R Belarus
    Viktor Bovbel (F) 19 1998-06-02 Brest, BLR 5'10" 181 L Belarus
    Ivan Drozdov (F) 18 1999-11-15 Vitebsk, BLR 6'0" 174 L Belarus
    Vasili Filyayev (C) 18 1999-01-08 Zhlobin, BLR 6'3" 181 L Belarus
    Dmitri Grinkevich (F) 19 1998-08-20 Minsk, BLR 6'0" 176 L Belarus
    Leonid Ivanovsky (F) 19 1998-04-08 Minsk, BLR 5'11" 196 L Belarus
    Ilya Litvinov (F) 19 1998-03-17 Gomel, BLR 6'3" 190 L Belarus
    Alexander Lukashevich (F) 19 1998-07-14 Minsk, BLR 5'11" 168 R Belarus
    Gennadi Malashchenko (F) 19 1998-01-07 6'0" 163 L Belarus
    Igor Martynov (RW) 18 1999-01-19 Krasnoye, BLR 6'0" 181 L WHL
    Vladislav Mikhalchuk (RW) 18 1999-10-16 Minsk, BLR 6'2" 176 R WHL
    Kirill Nikolayev (F) 19 1998-09-07 Minsk, BLR 5'10" 183 L Belarus
    Sergei Pischuk (LW) 19 1998-09-12 Gomel, BLR 5'9" 157 R Belarus
    Vladislav Ryadchenko (F) 19 1998-02-23 Mogilev, BLR 6'0" 174 R Belarus
    Yegor Sharangovich (C) 19 1998-06-06 Minsk, BLR 6'2" 196 L KHL
    Maxim Sushko (RW) 18 1999-02-10 Brest, BLR 6'0" 179 L OHL
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    Canada's roster missing star appeal this year & who knows that might be a good thing. But, they split the series with the Russian Jrs (usually a bad sign because it's home ice) and lost both games to the CIS selects. Goalies look OK this year for a change, but the rest of the team looks very average. I think the TSN hype is often a factor with these young guys and Buffalo is almost a home game. Hopefully they keep their cool and we'll see what happens.

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    u20 IHWC WJC-20 - Pre-tournament game - 15 December

    Canada U20 - Denmark U20 5-2 (1-1,2-0,2-1)
    SOG: 52-14 PIM: 10-12 Att: N/A

    Highlights:
    https://www.tsn.ca/world-juniors/video

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    Canada Canada - Final Roster

    Goaltenders:
    Carter Hart - Everett Silvertips (WHL)
    Colton Point - Colgate University (NCAA-ECAC)

    Defencemen:
    Jake Bean - Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
    Kale Clague - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
    Dante Fabbro - Boston University (NCAA-HE)
    Cal Foote - Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
    Victor Mete - Montréal Canadiens (NHL)
    Cale Makar - U. of Massachusetts (NCAA-HE)
    Conor Timmins - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

    Forwards:
    Drake Batherson - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
    Maxime Comtois - Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
    Dillon Dubé - Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
    Alex Formenton - London Knights (OHL)
    Jonah Gadjovich - Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
    Brett Howden - Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
    Boris Katchouk - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
    Jordan Kyrou - Sarnia Sting (OHL)
    Michael McLeod - Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
    Taylor Raddysh - Erie Otters (OHL)
    Sam Steel - Regina Pats (WHL)
    Tyler Steenbergen - Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
    Robert Thomas - London Knights (OHL)

    https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/ne...-world-juniors

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    u20 IHWC WJC-20 - Pre-tournament game - 17 December

    Denmark U20 - Switzerland U20 2-1 OT (1-1,0-0,0-0,1-0)
    SOG: 21-28 PIM: N/A-N/A Att: N/A
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    Sweden beat Denmark yesterday 13-1: youtu.be/BVRVoYTT97E?a

    Also, Belarus beat the OJHL's Buffalo Jr. Sabres 5-0. Buffalo sat out many of their best players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenEllisNHL View Post
    Sweden beat Denmark yesterday 13-1: youtu.be/BVRVoYTT97E?a

    Also, Belarus beat the OJHL's Buffalo Jr. Sabres 5-0. Buffalo sat out many of their best players.
    Canada hammered the Czech Republic 9-0 in London Wednesday night.
    Saw most of the game on TSN and was left wondering whether the Canadians were that good or were the Czechs that pitiful?

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    u20 IHWC WJC-20 - Pre-tournament game - 20 December

    Denmark U20 - Russia U20 2-4 (0-0,0-2,2-2)
    SOG: N/A-N/A PIM: N/A-N/A Att: N/A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Canada hammered the Czech Republic 9-0 in London Wednesday night.
    Saw most of the game on TSN and was left wondering whether the Canadians were that good or were the Czechs that pitiful?
    The Czechs have one of the best teams they've brought to the tournament in 20 years. But... none of those key guys played against Canada.

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    The other two pre-tournament games from last night:

    Finland - Switzerland 4:2
    USA - Belarus 14:0
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    Belarus „20“ – Slovakia „20“ 1:4 (0:0, 0:2, 1:2)
    Goals: 58. Šarangovič (Martynuk, Suško) – 24. Studenič (Liška, Leško), 32. Zeleňák (Kmec, Liška), 42. Korenčik (Tamáši, Vybiral), 56. Jaško (Studenič, Marcinek).

    Bielorusko: Griščenko – Sokolovskij, Burovcev, Martynuk, Gostev, Jaromenko, Gavrus, Savrickij – Rydačenko, Litvinov, Bovbel – Suško, Šarangovič, Drozdov – Lukaševič, Anisimov, Martynov – Michaľčuk, Grinkevič, Astaševič – Ivanovskij.
    Slovensko: Durný – Hedera, Korenčik, Matejovič, Fereta, Kmec, A. Leško, M. Ivan, Zeleňák – V. Čacho ml., Tamáši, Krivošík – Solenský, Miloš Roman, Vybiral – A. Liška, N. Jaško, P. Marcinek – Buček, A. Ružička, Studenič.
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    Canada 8 Switzerland 1

    One might think by looking at the score the Swiss did slightly better than the Czech Republic, who lost 9-0 to Canada.
    Fact is, the Canadians were far more dominant than they were against the Czechs.
    The Canadians actually scored more goals than the Swiss had in total shots.
    Canada outshot Switzerland 56-7 including 14-0 in the final period.

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    Denmark Denmark - Final Roster

    Goaltenders:
    Kasper Krog - SønderjyskE
    Mads Søgaard - Austin Bruins (NAHL)
    Mads-Emil Gransøe - Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL)

    Defencemen:
    Christian Larsen - Odense
    Jakob Jessen - Herning
    Jeppe Mogensen – AIK Jrs. (SuperElit)
    Lasse Mortensen - Rødovre
    Malte Setkov - Malmö Jrs. (SuperElit)
    Oliver Larsen - Leksand Jrs. (SuperElit)
    Rasmus Heine - Rødovre

    Forwards:
    Andreas Grundtvig - Esbjerg
    Christian Wejse - Esbjerg
    Christoffer Gath - Herlev
    Daniel Nielsen - Herning
    David Madsen - Växjo Jrs. (SuperElit)
    Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup - Fargo Force (USHL)
    Joachim Blichfeld - Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    Jonas Røndbjerg - Växjö (SHL)
    Lucas Andersen – Jokerit Jrs. (Jr. A SM-liiga)
    Magnus Molge - Malmö Jrs. (SuperElit)
    Nikolaj Krag-Christensen - Rungsted
    Phillip Schultz - Rødovre
    Valdemar Ahlberg - Austin Bruins (NAHL)

    Final cut:
    Lasse Carlsen (D) – Rødovre - Injury
    Asger Petersen (F) – Odense
    Oliver True (F) - Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

    Denmark’s roster for the 2018 WJC-20 has been finalized. There are 7 returnees from last year’s team with an additional 8 players from the 2017 WJC-18 DIV.IA and 5 skaters from the 2016 WJC-18 so it’s a group of players fairly familiar with the Danish Junior National Team program. Thinking ahead, the current roster is also well-balanced with 11 players (10+1) eligible to return next year.

    After three straight quarterfinal appearances and a all-time best 5th place finish in Toronto/Montreal the criteria for success however remains the same (as alluded to in an earlier post and some of the same points will be repeated below), namely to avoid being relegated.

    For each WJC-20 (2008,2011 & 2015-) Denmark has been able to improve its overall level of play and hopefully this also will be the case this year. Not surprisingly the approach to games nevertheless remains the same: stay focus for 60 minutes, good goaltending, keeping things simple and perhaps most importantly sticking to the system. So for those reasons, don’t expect Denmark to play much different than in other years.

    It’s by “Danish standards” a solid team, but the only way for Denmark to stay in games will be to keep them close for as long possible and naturally low scoring ones. Which is easier said than done at this level and the pre-tournament game against Sweden is clearly an example of this. So a bit of overachieving is also (once again) needed, since Denmark will be overmatched most of the time.

    As for the roster itself it most notably includes four drafted players (Joachim Blichfeld, Jonas Røndbjerg, Nikolaj Krag-Christensen & Malte Setkov) and the leading scorer (before leaving for Denmark’s training camp) in the USHL, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup. With key forwards from last year’s team Alexander True and Mathias From both now “graduated”, Denmark is in need of a 2nd scoring-line to supplement Blichfeld , Røndbjerg and Krag-Christensen and based on training camp Schmidt-Svejstrup alongside Växjo ‘s David Madsen and Valdemar Ahlberg will be looked upon to fill that role.

    Rounding out the 3th and 4th line is a mix of forwards from primarily the Danish Elite League and any offence provided will be a plus.

    On defence Oliver Larsen is the sole returnee from the 2017 team and as always it will be very interesting to see how this unit will perform. It’s a position where Denmark traditionally has had problems with less depth/talent available compared to the forward position so this situation is not a new one but like the rest of the team, things have improved in recent years. In addition to Larsen, who has split the season between Leksands’ junior and Allsvenskan team Detroit prospect Malte Setkov should also see plenty of ice-time.

    With full intent the coaching staff has opted for defencemen, who mostly has the size to better handle the smaller NA rinks. Still outside the absence of Oliver Gatz (injury), the selected group of defenders is as good as it arguably gets. With the exception of 2000-born Lasse Mortensen, they have also all represented Denmark at IIHF tournaments before, but whether the defence will be as (relative) solid as in recent years obviously remains to be seen.

    In net Kasper Krog is the expected starter and Denmark will need Krog to play at the same level he displayed last year, while Mads-Emil Gransøe likely will serve as his backup. This leaves Mads Søgaard (projected starter for Denmark in 2019 & 2020) as third-string goalie.

    Since it for Denmark comes down to avoiding relegation, either by qualifying for the quarterfinals or by winning the relegation round it will be a game-by-game approach. Upsetting Finland for a 2nd straight year or just getting a point from that game is very unlikely to say the least and the odds are not much different for the games against Canada and the USA.

    As long as long Denmark puts up a good performance in the opening three games, this in a sense will be “acceptable” since the concluding game of the preliminary round against Slovakia at this point is the key matchup or should we say the more realistic opportunity when it comes to getting points. This might however also turn out to be a too optimistic projection and depending on earlier results, even a win in regulation might not be enough.

    If the relegation round cannot be avoided, it’s also no surprise that Denmark will be preferring Group B to have as few upsets as possible.

    Pre-tournament games:
    Denmark U20 – Canada U20 2-5
    Denmark U20 – Switzerland U20 2-1 OT
    Denmark U20 – Sweden U20 1-13
    Denmark U20 – Russia U20 2-4

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    Day 1 scores

    Canada - Finland 4:2 (3:1, 1:1, 0:0)
    Goals: 6. Katchouk, 7. Steel, 13. Batherson, 33. Raddysh - 13. Heponiemi, 28. Jokiharju

    Denmark - USA 0:9 (0:5, 0:2, 0:2)
    Goals: 3. Jones, 6. Bellows, 9. Mittelstadt, 12. Yamamoto, 19. Mittelstadt, 25. Bellows, 40. Harper, 53. Peeke, 54. Samberg

    Czech republic - Russia 5:4 (2:2, 2:0, 1:2)
    Góly: 5. Nečas, 8. Safin, 26. Zadina, 38. Chytil, 47. Král - 6. Poloďan, 10. Šolochov, 58. Kajumov, 60. Sjomin

    Belarus - Sweden 1:6 (1:1, 0:3, 0:2)

    Goals: 15. Šarangovič - 9. Pettersson, 31. Brännström, 33. Gustafsson, 35. Boqvist, 43. Andersson, 52. Andersson
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    Day 2 scores

    Switzerland - Belarus 3:2 (1:1, 0:0, 2:1)
    Goals: 9. Müller, 49. Nussbaumer, 52. Kurashev – 19. Suško, 45. Bovbel

    Canada - Slovakia 6:0 (1:0, 3:0, 2:0)
    Goals: 4. Steel (Makar, Kyrou), 22. Kyrou (Mete, Dubé), 26. Gadjovich (Makar), 31. Raddysh (Kyrou, Steel), 56. Comtois, 59. Gadjovich (McLeod, Timmins).
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    Slovakia 3 USA 2

    In what has to be the upset of the tournament so far, Slovakia, who were thoroughly outclassed 6-0 by Canada just the day before, stuns the Americans.
    I don't know who took Slovakia less seriously, Team USA or the home crowd watching them.
    There were hundreds and hundreds of empty blue seats and the lack of atmosphere seemed to help the visitors.

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    The fact they have Canada coming up next doesn't help - could the US potentially get knocked out in the QF of their own tournament if they now look like they're playing Russia or Sweden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Slovakia 3 USA 2

    In what has to be the upset of the tournament so far, Slovakia, who were thoroughly outclassed 6-0 by Canada just the day before, stuns the Americans.
    I don't know who took Slovakia less seriously, Team USA or the home crowd watching them.
    There were hundreds and hundreds of empty blue seats and the lack of atmosphere seemed to help the visitors.
    Aside from this stunning upset the empty seats are a disappointment but not a surprise. There hasn’t been a single game with a crowd that isn’t above embarrassing. I guess USA Hockey assumed Canadian border fans would flock there by the thousands like we did in Dakota in 2005 and Buffalo in 2011. But when the prices start to get closer to NHL levels for mandatory ticket packages instead of keeping them affordable for what this is - Junior Hockey - people aren’t dumb and have sent a message loud and clear to the organizers. We aren’t coming. There is boasting that they have sold 40,000 tickets for tomorrow’s outdoor game Canada vs USA but in a stadium that holds 80,000+, that will still be 50% empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BhamJohn View Post
    The fact they have Canada coming up next doesn't help - could the US potentially get knocked out in the QF of their own tournament if they now look like they're playing Russia or Sweden?
    If the USA beats Canada and Finland I believe they would finish 1st in the pool but others in this forum probably know the tie breaking formula better then me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    If the USA beats Canada and Finland I believe they would finish 1st in the pool but others in this forum probably know the tie breaking formula better then me
    Tie breaks are decided by head to head results but there can be more than two teams on the same points. Slovakia could make it a three way tie in which case Canada would probably be top on goal difference.

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    I have to confess that I didn't get up for the Slovak game.

    I knew that this team was better on paper than what they showed against Canada, but my eyes still boggled when I saw the result and watching the game on replay was a nice start to the day.

    I was very surprised by Durny's performance as he was pretty terrible at the tourney in November.

    It could be an interesting game against Finland, but the game against Denmark is still the most important one.

    So far this tournament is kinda reminiscent of 2015 for the Slovaks - a terrible first game against anada followed by an upset in less than 24 hours later (althugh back then it was over Finland).
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    Day 3 scores

    Finland - Denmark 4:1 (2:0, 2:1, 0:0)
    Goals: 3. Koppanen, 7. Rasanen, 36. Välimäki, 38. Jokiharju - 22. Krag-Christensen

    Sweden - Czech republic 3:1 (2:0, 0:1, 1:0)
    Goals: 6. Davidsson, 20. Pettersson, 45. Nylander - 40. Zadina

    Russia - Switzerland 5:2 (1:0, 1:1, 3:1)
    Goals: 11. Sjomin, 39. Kostin, 52. Kajumov, 59. Ivanov, 59. Abramov - 21. Miranda, 43. Jäger

    USA - Slovakia 2:3 (0:0, 1:1, 1:2)
    Goals: 32. Tkachuk (Poehling, Anderson), 57. Mittelstadt - 25. Krivošík (Buček), 56. Krivošík (Buček), 58. Buče
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    The crowd for the USA Slovakia game was 8,188.
    That's not bad usually but in a venue that seats 19,200 that's over 11,000 empty seats.
    To be fair, there were many games involving Canada during the two tournaments co hosted by Montreal and Toronto that were far from capacity.
    The problem, as it has already been pointed out, is the IIHF has grossly overestimated how much the public is willing to pay to support this event.
    It's a classic case of killing the goose...
    Now Friday's outdoor game between Canada and the US supposedly already has over 40,000 tickets sold.
    If true, that will greatly help the tournament's bottom line.
    But even factoring in this blatant cash grab, weak attendance figures otherwise may still mean the tournament winds up in the red.

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    USA 4 Canada 3 (SO)

    The result was the same as last year's Gold Medal Game but unlike last year the Canadians are probably happy....mostly.
    Because of the US upset loss to Slovakia Canada needed only a point from an OT loss to all but wrap up first.
    And that's exactly what they got.
    Of course, they still have to beat Denmark Saturday to clinch but the Canadians' fate is still in their hands.
    The US still has to beat Finland to finish 2nd.

    BTW, the attendance was 44,592

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    USA 4 Canada 3 (SO)

    The result was the same as last year's Gold Medal Game but unlike last year the Canadians are probably happy....mostly.
    Because of the US upset loss to Slovakia Canada needed only a point from an OT loss to all but wrap up first.
    And that's exactly what they got.
    Of course, they still have to beat Denmark Saturday to clinch but the Canadians' fate is still in their hands.
    The US still has to beat Finland to finish 2nd.

    BTW, the attendance was 44,592
    I enjoyed the spectacle of the outdoor game but you do lose a significant amount of pure hockey skill on both sides because of the conditions. Nevertheless I thought the US was the better team 5 on 5. Canada played well only in some stretches. US deserving of the win. Play on.....

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    Are Belarus 100% certain of the relegation playoff now or can Switzerland by some miracle still get sucked in? I'm assuming their win over Belarus keeps them safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BhamJohn View Post
    Are Belarus 100% certain of the relegation playoff now or can Switzerland by some miracle still get sucked in? I'm assuming their win over Belarus keeps them safe?
    The Swiss are safe now even if they get trashed in their last two games. For Belarus to avoid the relegation playoff, they need to take 3 pts against the Czechs on Sat. and hope the Czechs will take no point against the Swiss on Sun. But I think it pretty much unlikely to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    USA 4 Canada 3 (SO)

    The result was the same as last year's Gold Medal Game but unlike last year the Canadians are probably happy....mostly.
    Because of the US upset loss to Slovakia Canada needed only a point from an OT loss to all but wrap up first.
    And that's exactly what they got.
    Of course, they still have to beat Denmark Saturday to clinch but the Canadians' fate is still in their hands.
    The US still has to beat Finland to finish 2nd.

    BTW, the attendance was 44,592
    If Slovakia beats Finland and Denmark then they’ll finish above the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffH View Post
    If Slovakia beats Finland and Denmark then they’ll finish above the USA.

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    That wouldn't be completely inconceivable, albeit a possibility reliant on several bounces
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    Day 4 scores

    Belarus - Russia 2:5 (0:2, 0:1, 2:2)
    Goals: 43. Derjabin, 51. Pisčuk - 11. Poloďan, 13. Rubcov, 24. Kostin, 45:. Kajumov, 49. Kostin

    Canada - USA 3:4 SO (2:0, 1:1, 0:2 - 0:0, 0:1)
    Goals: 5. Makar, 16. Dubé, 38. Katchouk – 37. Bellows, 47. Perunovich, 47. Tkachuk, GWS Bellows
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    Day 5 scores

    Denmark - Canada 0:8 (0:3, 0:2, 0:3)
    Goals: 18. a 30. Howden, 4. Thomas, 20. Steel, 28. Makar, 44. Formenton, 50. McLeod, 53. Batherson

    Finland - Slovakia 5:2 (0:0, 2:1, 3:1)
    Goals: 28. Koppanen (Nurmi, Jääskä), 40. Räsänen (Juolevi, Tolvanen), 47. Heponiemi (Kuokkanen), 53. Ikonen, 55. Nurmi (Koppanen) - 35. Bodák (Tamáši, Ivan), 50. Buček (Krivošík, Ružička).

    Czech republic – Belarus 6:5 (0:1, 5:2, 1:2)
    Goals: 22. R. Pavlík, 22. Hájek, 26. Zadina, 33. Chytil, 36. R. Pavlík, 54. M. Zachar – 9. Šarangovič, 21. Drozdov, 39. Šarangovič, 51. Martynov, 55. Gabrus

    Sweden - Switzerland 7:2 (1:1, 2:1, 4:0)
    Goals: 6. Andersson, 27. Andersson, 33. Jonsson Fjällby, 45. Pettersson, 51. Söderlund, 52. Zetterlund, 53. Pettersson – 11. Müller, 40. Mirandaa
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    Well..here are my comments so far....

    In the CAN-SVK game I coudn't believe there was no penalty on the Bean collision - that had to be either interference, hooking or something, Fortunately no serious injuries but a really bad no-call.

    Good on SVK to upset the US. Also a huge surprise.

    Snow-bowl game was great entertainment...but your up 2 going into the third...doesn't the coach always say, hey guys "NO STUPID PENALTIES" ? Then we have Comtois getting 2 (could have been 5) with a totally stupid and dangerous play. He should have watched the Denmark game from the press area.

    Why does Canada totally suck in shoot outs ? This is true at U-20 and Worlds. Seems you should win ~50% of these stupid things if you've played 70,minutes and are still tied - ie talent level is approximately equa!? No idea what the stats are but I'd guess Canada has the lowest win % of anybody. (Aside from Canada being hopeless at these, it is a totally lame way to decide a great sporting event.

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    The host Americans upset loss to Slovakia may prove very costly.
    The loss led to a second place finish in their group, despite beating Canada in a shoot out.
    Now tonight the Russians lost their final preliminary game by shoot out to Sweden.
    That means a third place finish for them and a quarter final match against the US.
    It is a QF pairing I'm sure neither side anticipated or desired.
    One medal contender is going to go home early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    One medal contender is going to go home early.
    Given the way the US has been playing, I wouldn't be surprised if they crashed out
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