2017 World Juniors: Day Five

2017 World Juniors

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In the first of 2 games today at the 2017 World Juniors, Team Denmark took on Switzerland in the Danish’s last game of the preliminary round. Denmark jumped ahead early to a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. Both teams would trade goals afterwards to make it 3-1 Denmark after 20 minutes. 28 seconds into the second period, Denmark scored again to make it 4-1 in what would look like a game they would run away with. The Swiss were not giving up that easy. Switzerland responded with 3 goals of their own in 17:06 to tie the game and force an overtime period. This game was important for Finland because a Denmark win would keep their quarterfinal hopes alive – while a Switzerland win would send Finland falling to the relegation round. After a 6 shot overtime, neither team could find the back of the net and had to settle it in a shootout. Mathias From, Joachim Blichfeld and Alexander True all missed for Denmark. Meanwhile, Damien Riat missed for Switzerland but Marco Miranda scored the lone goal of the shootout to win the game and cancel out the need for a third shooter.

As a result of Switzerland’s victory, the defending gold medalists Finland is secured in the last place spot in Group A. Finland will play a best-of-3 series in the relegation round against Latvia to determine who gets to stay in the top division at the 2018 World Juniors, and who gets relegated to Division IA.

In a desperate attempt to avoid heading to the relegation round once again, Latvia scored early to take the 1-0 lead just under 4 minutes into the first period. Near halfway through the first, Milos Roman tied the game for Team Slovakia. This goal would be the first of four unanswered Slovakian goals all coming by the 45:01 mark of the 60 minute hockey game. Trying to piece together a late comeback, Filips Buncis scored for Latvia with 7:31 remaining but that’s all she wrote for the Latvians.

With Latvia falling to Slovakia, the Slovaks guarantee themselves a spot in the quarterfinals while Latvia will play in the relegation round once again. This is nothing new to the Latvians though. They have played in the top division at the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships 6 times (2017, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2006). Each time they have had poor enough preliminary round performances that landed them in the relegation round. Sometimes they survive to stay in for the next tournament, sometimes they are demoted. Going up against a world powerhouse like Finland, it will be very tough for the Latvians to punch their ticket to Buffalo in 2018 for the World Juniors.

2017 World Juniors


AATH Three Stars of the Day

2017 World Juniors

Photo: Francois Laplante/HHOF-IIHF Images

1. Yannick Zehnder (Switzerland)
2 Goals in 5-4 win vs. Denmark

2. Kasper Krog (Denmark)
Saved 48 of 52 shots in 5-4 loss vs. Switzerland

3. Milos Roman (Slovakia)
1 Goal + 1 Assist in 4-2 win vs. Latvia



Tournament Leaders

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2017 World Juniors

Habs Prospects

Montreal Canadiens Prospects at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships


Noah Juulsen (Canada)

Noah Juulsen and Team Canada had the day off today from game play. On New Year’s Eve, Canada will renew its rivalry with the United States at 3:30pm ET at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Mikhail Sergachev (Russia)

Mikhail Sergachev and Team Russia had the day off today from game play. On New Year’s Eve, Russia will get the late game at 8:00pm ET at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to take on Team Slovakia.

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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