2017 World Juniors: Day Eight

2017 World Juniors

Photo: Wikipedia

With a day off in between the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, day eight of the 2017 World Juniors was pretty quiet today. The lone game of the day was game 2 of the relegation round between Finland and Latvia.

After the heavily favoured Finns squeaked by Latvia in game 1 by a 2-1 score, Finland needed a win today to punch their ticket to the 2018 World Juniors top division tournament in Buffalo. Meanwhile, Latvia needed a win to survive another day and force a third and final game.

A minute and a half into the game, Finland took the early lead with a goal from Eeli Tolvanen – a projected top 10 pick at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Later in the period, Renars Krastenbergs put Latvia on the board to tie it up heading into the intermission. That goal would be Latvia’s last of the tournament. After a scoreless second period, Finland scored three unanswered goals to put the game away and avoid relegation.

In 2018, Latvia will participate in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Division I(A). Their opponents will be Austria, France, Germany, Hungary and Kazakhstan. Being promoted from Division I(A) by winning the 2017 tournament will be Belarus. Hosted by Germany, Team Belarus finished at the top with a 4-0-1-0 record, 20 goals for and 10 goals against in 5 games. Belarus’ lone loss came in overtime to the hosts, and Norway went 1-0-0-4 in the tournament, relegating them to Division I(B) for 2018.

Coming out of the relegation round victorious, the defending gold medalist team Finland will stay in the top division of the tournament in Buffalo, New York in 2018.

2017 World Juniors

AATH Three Stars of the Day

2017 World Juniors

Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images

1. Juuso Valimaki (Finland)
2 Goals in 4-1 win vs. Latvia

2. Vili Saariijarvi (Finland)
1 Goal + 1 Assist in 4-1 win vs. Latvia

3. Aapeli Rasanen (Finland)
2 Assists in 4-1 win vs. Latvia



Tournament Leaders

2017 World Juniors

Next Games

2017 World Juniors

Current Standings

2017 World Juniors

Habs Prospects

Montreal Canadiens Prospects at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships

Noah Juulsen (Canada)

Noah Juulsen and Team Canada play on Wednesday in the semifinals against Team Sweden at 7:30pm in Montreal.

Mikhail Sergachev (Russia)

Mikhail Sergachev and Team Russia play on Wednesday in the semifinals against Team USA at 3:00pm in Montreal.

All About The Habs brings you daily recaps of the 2017 World Juniors throughout the duration of the ten day tournament. Keep up to date with Habs prospects and your country as we publish articles recapping each day. We thank you for following along with us!

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