2015 World Juniors: Day Six (New Year’s Eve)

Host Cities

Toronto
- All Group B games in the Preliminary Round which includes Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia,
Switzerland, Sweden.
- Relegation games (5th place in Group A vs. 5th place in Group B - Best of 3).
- 2 Quarter-Final games.
- Both Semi-Final games.
- Bronze Medal game.
- Gold Medal game.
Air Canada Centre
- 40 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Attendance: 18,819 (at least 20,270 with standing room).
- Home of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto Rock (NLL).

Montreal
- All Group A games in the Preliminary Round which includes Canada, Finland, Germany, Slovakia,
United States.
- 2 Quarter-Final games.
Bell Centre
- 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
- Attendance: 21,297.
- Home of the Montreal Canadiens (NHL).

Day six of the IIHF World Juniors Hockey Championships marked a memorable New Year’s Eve for many as the last day of the preliminary round at the 2015 World Juniors meant the deciding fate between the knockout stage and relegation round for many. Switzerland needs a win over Sweden who has already clinched first in Group B to avoid the relegation round. Also the Czech Republic needs a win over Russia in regulation to secure themselves a spot in the quarterfinals. The Finland-Germany game surprisingly meant the winner would go to the quarterfinals in Toronto and the one who fell short would take on the last place team in Group B in the relegation round. While Canada and the Americans had both clinched spots in the quarterfinals, the winner would go on to earn first place in Group A.

Winning Team (Updated Record)ScoreVersusScoreLosing Team (Updated Record)Attendance (Arena)
Sweden (4-0-0-0)5vs.1Switzerland (1-0-1-2)13,857 (Air Canada Centre)
Canada (4-0-0-0)5vs.3United States (2-1-0-1)18,295 (Bell Centre)
Czech Republic (1-1-0-2)4vs.1Russia (1-1-0-2)12,566 (Air Canada Centre)
Finland (1-1-0-2)2vs.0Germany (0-0-0-4)3,991 (Bell Centre)

 

Three Stars of the Day

Photo: TSN.ca "WJC: Lindblom puts Sweden in control"

Photo: TSN.ca “WJC: Lindblom puts Sweden in control”

1. Oskar Lindblom (Sweden)
3 Goals in 5-1 win over Switzerland.

2. William Nylander (Sweden)
3 Assists in 5-1 win over Switzerland.

3. Max Domi (Canada)
2 Goals in 5-3 win over United States.

 

Let us now take a look at the top five players in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in points after six days in the tournament, heading into the knockout stage.

PlayerCountryGoalsAssistsPoints
Sam ReinhartCanada358
Dylan LarkinUSA527
Max DomiCanada437
Oskar LindblomSweden347
William NylanderSweden257

 

Here is the schedule for Day 7 of the 2015 IIHF World Juniors on January 2nd, 2015.

RoundCountryVersusCountryTimeArena
Relegation Germanyvs.Switzerland11:00am ESTAir Canada Centre (Toronto)
Quarter-FinalsUnited Statesvs.Russia1:00pm ESTBell Centre (Montreal)
Quarter-FinalsSwedenvs.Finland3:00pm ESTAir Canada Centre (Toronto)
Quarter-FinalsCzech Republicvs.Slovakia5:00pm ESTBell Centre (Montreal)
Quarter-FinalsCanadavs.Denmark8:00pm ESTAir Canada Centre (Toronto)

 

Current Standings (Click to Enlarge)

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Habs Prospects Corner

Habs Prospects at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships

Today, Habs prospects Jacob de la Rose (Sweden) and Artturi Lehkonen (Finland) were all in action tonight but unfortunately went without recording any points tonight. Zach Fucale (Canada) was on the bench tonight after Canada made the decision to go with Comrie in net against the Americans. Martin Reway (Slovakia) had the day off as the Slovakians have already played all four of their preliminary round games.

Current Statistics

PlayerCountryDraftedGoalsAssistsPoints
Martin RewaySlovakiaMTL (4th Round / 2013)325
Jacob de la RoseSwedenMTL (2nd Round / 2013)224
Artturi LehkonenFinlandMTL (2nd Round / 2013)101
GoalieCountryDraftedRecordSave PercentageSaves / Goals Against
Zach FucaleCanadaMTL (2nd Round / 2013)2-0-0-0.966%29 / 1

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Habs Prospect of the Day

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Jacob de la Rose

The 2nd-round pick (2013) by the Montreal Canadiens – Jacob de la Rose, who is also the captain of Sweden, was a dominant force in the faceoff circle tonight. Jacob took 11 faceoffs and won ten of them. de la Rose also had a shot on goal to add to his stats.

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