2017 World Juniors: Day Seven

2017 World Juniors

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For the first and only time at the 2017 World Juniors, all ten teams participated in the same day. Day seven began with the first game of the best-of-3 relegation round between Finland and Latvia. As expected, Finland won. As unexpected, the Latvians made it a close game – only losing 2-1 (their smallest margin of the tournament). Finland did nearly double Latvia in shots (45-24), but the Latvian netminder Mareks Mitens came up big with 43 stops on 45 shots on goal.

The first of the four quarterfinal games today took place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto between Russia and Denmark. This uneven matchup had the Russians heavily favoured, and they shutout Denmark 4-0, ending the tournament for the Danish side. Denmark continues to improve every year – having won their first ever game (in a shootout) at the World Juniors in 2015, earning their first relegation win at the 2016 World Juniors, and having their first multi-win u-20 tournament here in 2017. Unfortunately for them, the Russian side was too strong.

Over at the Bell Centre in Montreal, a pre-tournament favourite Swedish squad took on Team Slovakia in what was the most lopsided victory of the day. Thanks to 50 shots on goal, staying out of the penalty box with disciplined play, and making Slovakia pay for half of their penalties, Sweden dominated Slovakia in an 8-3 win.

The quarterfinal match between the United States and Switzerland would be the last game in Toronto at the 2017 World Juniors before the tournament fully shifts to Montreal for the remaining relegation games, both semi-final matches, as well as the medal games. In a low-shooting affair from both teams, the underdog Switzerland really gave the Americans a run for their money with shutdown defensive play. Thanks to a couple of absolutely incredible saves by American goaltender Tyler Parsons, the United States held on for a 3-2 win to advance to the semi-finals against Team Russia.

Finally, the hosts Canada played their first game of the tournament in Montreal against the Czech Republic. The Czech’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead late in the first period to send a small sense of panic nationwide in this hockey crazy country. Canada would come out flying for the final 40 minutes of play and ultimately win the game 5-3 with the help of a two goal game from Julien Gauthier. Canada advances to the semi-finals to take on Team Sweden.

2017 World Juniors

 

AATH Three Stars of the Day

2017 World Juniors

Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images

1. Rasmus Asplund (Sweden)
4 Assists in 8-3 win vs. Slovakia

2. Nico Hischier (Switzerland)
2 Goals in 3-2 loss vs. United States

3. Julien Gauthier
2 Goals in 5-3 win vs. Czech Republic

 

 

Tournament Leaders
2017 World Juniors

Playoff Bracket

2017 World Juniors

Current Standings

2017 World Juniors


Habs Prospects

Montreal Canadiens Prospects at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships

Noah Juulsen (Canada)

In Noah Juulsen’s quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic, he recorded one shot on net and a delay of game penalty in 15:30 of ice time. Through 5 games played, Juulsen has an assist in the tournament. Juulsen and Team Canada play next on January 4th in the semifinals against Team Sweden at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Mikhail Sergachev (Russia)

On 24 shifts through 16:14 of ice time in his quarterfinal game against Denmark, Mikhail Sergachev recorded 2 shots on goal and a +1 plus/minus rating. Through 5 games played, Sergachev has a goal in the tournament. Sergachev and Team Russia play next on January 4th in the semifinals against the United States at the Bell Centre 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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