by PuckStopsHere on 01/03/13 at 08:49 PM ET
The playoff round in the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia completed today, leaving only the medal games to be played. To look back at the preliminary round click here.
The playoff round began with the Czech Republic and USA facing off in one quarterfinal with the winner to face Canada in a semi-final and Russia and Switzerland facing off in the other quarterfinal to go on to meet Sweden. Here are the results:
Quarterfinal USA 7 Czech Republic 0 - This game was never really in question after USA scored its first goal midway through the first period and then began to break the game open in the second period. USA largely won this game with a strong power play that scored five power play goals. John Gaudreau (Calgary prospect) scored three of their goals and Riley Barber (Washington prospect) scored two. JT Miller (NY Rangers prospect) added a goal and two assists with Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg prospect) and Seth Jones (2013 draft eligible) each chipping in four assists. John Gibson (Anaheim prospect) got the 31 save shutout while Patrik Bartosak (undrafted) and Matej Machovsky (undrafted) unsuccessfully split the goaltending duties for the Czechs.
Quarterfinal Russia 4 Switzerland 3 (shootout) - Switzerland never gave their opponents much room to operate offensively and never gave them a chance to take much of a lead. In fact this was their fourth loss which was a tie in regulation in this tournament. Russia opened the scoring with a goal by Alexander Khokhlachyov (Boston prospect) but the Swiss quickly tied things up with a Christoph Bertschy (Minnesota prospect) shorthanded goal. In the second period Russia took another lead on a Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo prospect) goal and again Switzerland quickly tied things up with a Martin Ness (undrafted) goal. In the third Switzerland took the early lead on a Sven Andrighetto (undrafted) goal which the Russians answered with a Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay prospect) goal. The game went through regulation and overtime tied at three goals apiece. Needing a winner a shootout was held as a poor method to settle things. After five shooters from both teams Kucherov scored the shootout winning goal. The winning goalie for Russia was Andrei Vasilevski (Tampa Bay prospect) who faced 44 shots in the game. The losing Swiss goalie was Melvin Nyffeler (2013 draft eligible), who faced a lighter workload of 37 shots.
Semi-Final USA 5 Canada 1 - USA took the lead in the first period on two Jake McCabe (Buffalo prospect) goals (he later added an assist). From that point on the game was never really in doubt. John Gaudreau (Calgary prospect) had two goals and an assist as well with Jim Vesey (Nashville prospect) scoring the other goal and adding an assist. JT Miller (NY Rangers prospect) also added two assists. The Canadian goal was scored by Ty Rattie (St Louis prospect). The winning American goalie was John Gibson (Anaheim prospect) who made 33 saves. The Canadian goaltending duties were split between Malcolm Subban (Boston prospect) and Jordan Binnington (St Louis prospect).
Semi-Final Sweden 3 Russia 2 (shootout) - Sweden took an early lead on first period goals by Elias Lindholm (2013 draft eligible) and Filip Forsberg (Washington prospect) and tried to hold it through the rest of the game. Russia managed to chip it way with an Andrei Mironov (undrafted) second period goal and a Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo prospect) third period goal. The game remained tied through regulation and overtime. Needing a winner a shootout was held as a poor method to settle things. After three shooters each, Sweden won on a Sebastian Collberg (Montreal prospect) goal. The winning Swedish goalie was Niklas Lundstrom (St Louis prospect). The losing Russian goalie was Andrei Vasilevski (Tampa Bay prospect) who faced the heavier shot-load in the game.
The medal round will be played Saturday with Canada and Russia playing for the bronze medal. These teams already met in the preliminary round with Canada winning 4-1. Sweden and USA will play in the gold/silver medal game. These teams are yet to meet in this tournament.
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