Day 5 of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships began with a 5-3 victory for the Czech Republic over Belarus. Belarus was handed their fourth loss in as many games, and secure the last spot in Group B. Belarus will be playing in a best-of-3 relegation round against Switzerland to determine who earns a spot to stay at the 2017 World Juniors top division, and who falls to to the 2017 World Juniors Division 1A. Next, Sweden continues their regulation undefeated streak with a 5-0 win over Denmark, while holding the Danes to only 9 shots. A common theme you will notice today is the day, and the tournament this year generally being highlighted by top projected 2016 NHL Draft prospects carrying their teams. The third game of the day was the host Finland honouring Finnish legend Teemu Selanne before defeating Slovakia 8-3 on home ice. Day 5 rounded out at the Helsinki Ice Hall, where the Americans just absolutely Switzerland 10-1. The winless Swiss will be in the relegation round for the second consecutive year, fighting to stay in the top division. At the 2015 World Juniors, Switzerland barely avoided relegation by defeating Germany.
AATH Three Stars of the Day
1. Auston Matthews (United States)
2 Goals + 2 Assists for 4 Points in 10-1 win vs. Switzerland
2. Jesse Puljujarvi (Finland)
1 Goal + 3 Assists for 4 Points in 8-3 win vs. Slovakia
3. Matthew Tkachuk (United States)
2 Goals + 1 Assist for 3 Points in 10-1 win vs. Switzerland
Tomorrow is the big New Year’s Eve games to round off the preliminary stage of the World Juniors. Here is the upcoming schedule for Day 6 (December 31st, 2015):
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