by PuckStopsHere on 01/02/14 at 09:46 PM ET
The World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinals were played today. This round consisted of the four teams in each group that survived the preliminary round playing against one another. Here are the results:
Russia 5 USA 3. There was a relatively high scoring back and forth first period. USA emerged from it with a 3-2 lead. Things fell apart for the defending champion Americans in the second period when Russia scored two goals on two-man advantages. The Russians added an empty net goal for a two goal win. Andrei Vasilevski (Tampa Bay prospect) made 30 saves for the victory in the Russian goal. Jon Gillies (Calgary prospect) was the losing goal in the American net. Nikita Zadorov (Buffalo prospect) scored both of the two power play goals on the two man advantages in the second period. Pavel Buchnevich (NY Ranger prospect) also scored two goals. Mikhail Grigorkenko (Buffalo prospect) added the other Russia goal. Anton Slepyshev (Edmonton prospect) had three assists. The American goals were scored by Stefan Matteau (New Jersey prospect) led the Americans with a goal and an assist (but also was one of the penalties that led to the 2-man advantages for Russia). Nicolas Kerdiles (Anaheim prospect) and Ryan Hartman (Chicago prospect) scored the other American goals.
Finland 5 Czech Republic 3. The Czechs took the first significant lead in the game. They were up 3-1 in the second period. This was when the Finns took over and scored four unanswered goals. The last was into an empty net. Juuse Saros (Nashville prospect) was the relatively untested winning goalie in the Finnish goal. Marek Langhamer (Phoenix prospect) was the losing Czech goalie. The Finnish offence was led by Saku Maenalanen (Nashville prospect) scoring two goals and Juuso Ikonen (undrafted) added a goal and an assist. Saku Kinnuken (undrafted) and Henri Ikonen (Tampa Bay prospect) also added goals. Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago prospect) and Rasmus Kulmala (undrafted) added two assists each. The Czech offence was led by Dominik Simon (undrafted) and Martin Prochazka (undrafted) each scoring a goal and an assist. Radek Faksa (Dallas prospect) added the other Czech goal.
Canada 4 Switzerland 1. The Swiss kept this game close but were never in the lead at any point in this game. Canada won handily. Zachary Fucale (Montreal prospect) was relatively untested facing only 20 shots for the win. Melvin Nyffeler (undrafted) was the losing Swiss goalie. Canada's offence was led by Griffin Reinhart (NY Islander prospect) who had a goal and an assist. Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh prospect), Curtis Lazar (Ottawa prospect) and Anthony Mantha (Detroit prospect) also scored for Canada. Mantha's goal was on a penalty shot. The Swiss goal was scored by Nico Dunner (undrafted) scored the Swiss goal.
Sweden 6 Slovakia 0. This game was never close. Sweden dominated. Oscar Dansk (Columbus prospect) faced 18 shots for a shutout. Richard Sabol (undrafted) faced 40 shots in the Slovak goal. Filip Forsberg (Nashville prospect) led the Swedish offence with two goals and two assists. Lucas Wallmark (undrafted) also scored two goals. Elias Lindholm (Carolina prospect) had a goal and three assists. Jacob de la Rose (Montreal prospect) added the other goal. Andre Burakowsky (Washington prospect) and Nick Sorensen (Anaheim prospect) each added two assists.
The medal round will begin on Saturday with Sweden meeting Russia and Canada meeting Finland in the semi-finals.
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