2015 World Juniors: Day Ten (Medal Edition)

Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

Day ten of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships concludes the 2015 World Juniors with both the bronze and the gold medal game in Toronto. At 4:00pm EST, Slovakia and Sweden battles it out for the right to take the bronze medal. Since Slovakia became independent after the Czechoslovakia split in 1993, they have won only one medal at this tournament. Slovakia defeated Sweden 5-4 at the bronze medal game at the 1999 World Juniors in Winnipeg. With more success at the World Juniors, Sweden enters this game with 17 medals. They have won gold twice, silver ten times and the bronze medal five times. Coming into this big game, Sweden has earned a medal in 6 of the last 7 years. Habs prospects Jacob de la Rose (Sweden) and Martin Reway (Slovakia) are the captains of their respective countries. Next up, the biggest game of the tournament – the gold medal game. After two years without a medal, Canada comes into this one guaranteed a medal for the first time since 2012 in Alberta. Canada looks for their 16th gold in this one, already having a tournament-record fifteen gold. Through 38 tournaments in World Junior history, Canada has 28 and whether gold or silver will be guaranteed a 29th. Present-day Russia holds 18 medals prior to the 2015 World Juniors (4 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze) and will be guaranteed a 19th. Ex-Soviet Union which competed from the beginning of the tournament’s history until 1993, the debut of Russia, have 14 medals. Last time the Canadians and the Russians met in a gold medal game was the 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo when a 3-0 lead for Canada heading into the third period wasn’t enough as the Russians would storm back with five unanswered goals in front of a heartbroken crowd. Habs prospect Zach Fucale (Canada) was named Canada’s starter in net for this big game.

Winning TeamScoreVersusScoreLosing TeamAttendance (Arena)Round
Slovakia4vs.2Sweden13,625 (Air Canada Centre)Bronze Medal Game
Canada5vs.4Russia19,014 (Air Canada Centre)Gold Medal Game

 

Three Stars of the Day
Photo: Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images

Photo: Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images

1. Max Domi (Canada)
1 Goal, 2 Assists in 5-4 Gold Medal win over Russia.

2. Martin Reway (Slovakia)
3 Assists in 4-2 Bronze Medal win over Slovakia.

3. Nikolai Goldobin (Russia)
1 Goal, 1 Assist in 5-4 loss (Silver Medal) vs. Canada.

 

 

Let us now take a look at the top five leading scorers as the 2015 IIHF World Juniors concludes:

PlayerCountryGoalsAssistsPoints
Sam ReinhartCanada5611
Nic PetanCanada4711
Connor McDavidCanada3811
Max DomiCanada5510
William NylanderSweden3710

 

 

Bracket/Final Standings

Photo: Wikipedia "2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship"

Photo: Wikipedia “2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship”

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Habs Prospects Corner

Habs Prospects at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships

Today in the bronze medal game, the captains of both participating teams – Sweden and Slovakia, were drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2013. Sweden’s captain and 2nd round Habs draft pick Jacob de la Rose recorded no points in their loss to Slovakia. After two silver medals in two previous World Juniors appearances, de la Rose’s third shot at a gold resulted without a medal. He finishes the tournament as one of Sweden’s top three players of the tournament (selected by the team) and four points. Slovakia’s captain and 4th round Habs draft pick Martin Reway assisted three of Slovakia’s four goals. Reway, like de la Rose, got his third shot at representing his country. But unlike de la Rose, Reway went without a medal in his first two appearances. This year in his third appearance, Reway earned his first bronze medal as part of the IIHF World Juniors. Next up in the gold medal game, Canada’s starting goalie and another one of three 2nd round picks in 2013 by the Habs – Zach Fucale, stopped 26 of 30 shots in a 5-4 win for the gold medal. Fucale of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, won gold in his second appearance at the World Juniors. In 2014, Fucale started in five of seven games while allowing 12 goals on 122 shots for a .901 save percentage and a 2-2-1 record. This year Fucale started in five of seven Team Canada games once again but only allowed 6 goals (four of which came in the gold medal game) on 99 shots for a .939 save percentage and 5-0-0-0 record. The fourth Habs prospect in the tournament, Artturi Lehkonen finished his tournament in the quarter-finals after Finland fell to Sweden to end their tournament. Lehkonen was also a captain of his respective country and recorded one goal in the tournament after tallying five goals and an assist in last year’s tournament.

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Current Statistics

PlayerCountryDraftedGoalsAssistsPoints
Martin RewaySlovakiaMTL (4th Round / 2013)459
Jacob de la RoseSwedenMTL (2nd Round / 2013)224
Artturi LehkonenFinlandMTL (2nd Round / 2013)101
GoalieCountryDraftedRecordSave PercentageSaves / Goals Against
Zach FucaleCanadaMTL (2nd Round / 2013)5-0-0-0.939%93 / 6

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Habs Prospect of the Day

Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images

Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images

Martin Reway

With his best game of the tournament, the Slovakian captain recorded an assist on three of four Slovakian goals on route to a 4-2 bronze medal win over Sweden. Those three assists raise Reway’s Habs prospect-leading point total to 9 with four goals and five assists.

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