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World Junior Hockey Championships: QuarterFinals

The quarter-finals were played in the World Junior Hockey Championships today.  Games were played in both of Montreal and Toronto.  I have previously written about the round robin results here.  These are quarterfinal results:

Russia 4 Denmark 0: Russia dominated this game.  They outshot the Danes 32-14.  Ilya Samsonov (Washington prospect) had the game winning shutout for Russia.  Lasse Petersen (undrafted) was the Danish goalie who started the game.  He was replaced by Kaspar Krog (undrafted) for the second period.  Kiril Kaprizov (Minnesota prospect) led the way for Russia offensively with two goals.  Alexander Polunin (undrafted) added a goal and an assist and Mikhail Vorobyov (Philadelphia prospect) added two assists.  This win puts Russia through to the medal round.

Sweden 8 Slovakia 3: This was never a close game as Sweden took a lead with three unanswered goals in the first period.  The Swedes outshot Slovakia 50-18.  Felix Sandstrom (Philadelphia prospect) was the winning Swedish goalie.  Adam Huska (NY Rangers prospect) was the losing Slovakian goalie.  The Swedes offence was led by Joel Eriksson Ek (Minnesota prospect) and Tim Soderlund  (undrafted) who each scored two goals.  Alexander Nylander (Buffalo prospect) scored a goal and an assist.  Rasmus Asplund (Buffalo prospect) had four assists and Oliver Kylington (Calgary prospect) had two assists.  No Slovak player managed more than one point in the game.  This puts Sweden through to the medal round.

USA 3 Switzerland 2:  This was the first close game of the quarterfinal round.  Tyler Parsons (Calgary prospect) was the winning American goalie. Joren Van Pottelberghe (Detroit prospect) was the losing Swiss goalie.  USA took a lead on goals by Jeremy Bracco (Toronto prospect) and Luke Kunin (Minnesota prospect).  Switzerland tied things up on two goals by Nico Hirschier (2017 draft eligible).  The US team took a lead on a power play goal by Jordan Greenway (Minnesota prospect) and held onto the lead for most of the third period.  This put USA into the medal round.

Canada 5 Czech Republic 3: Canada dominated this game in terms of puck possession and outshot the Czechs 41-19.  Connor Ingram (Tampa Bay prospect) was the winning Canadian goalie.  Jakub Skarek (2018 draft eligible) was the Cezch goalie.  David Kase (Philadelphia prospect) opened the scoring for the Czechs who led after the first period 1-0.  Canada largely took over in the second period and beyond.  Julien Gauthier (Carolina prospect) led the way with two goals.  Mitchell Stephens (Tampa Bay prospect) had a goal and two assists.  Thomas Chabot (Ottawa prospect) had an goal and an assist.  Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay prospect) and Kale Clague (Los Angeles prospect) each had two assists.  This put Canada in the medal round. 

On Wednesday, USA will play Russia and Sweden will play Canada in the semi-finals.  The gold/silver and bronze/4th games will be played Thursday.  The medal round will be played in Montreal.

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