2017 World Juniors: Day Six

2017 World Juniors

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Day six of the 2017 World Juniors is the last day of the preliminary round before the playoff and relegation games. The day started in Montreal as the undefeated Swedes took on the Czech Republic – both who have clinched a spot in the quarterfinals. Sweden jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead by the first intermission, and added another pair of goals to make it 5-0 in the third period. Late in the game, the Czech’s tried to piece together a very late comeback with a couple of goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period. The comeback attempt would fall short and Sweden won the game 5-2. With that win, Sweden has now won 40 straight preliminary round/round robin games at the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The last time Sweden lost in the preliminary round? December 31st, 2006 in overtime against the Americans.

Next up, the game everybody was waiting for. Canada and the United States renewed their rivalry in the heavily followed New Year’s Eve showdown. The home crowd didn’t get what they were hoping to begin the game as White and Greenway scored early for the Americans to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Chabot responded for Canada on a 5 minute powerplay in the second period to cut the deficit to one. That would not last long though as Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco extended the Americans lead to 3-1 in the Air Canada Centre.

After firing their head coach and three assists, Finland felt they had lots to prove despite being secured in a spot in the regulation. With Switzerland advancing to the quarterfinals regardless of the result, they were looking to improve their seed heading into the playoff rounds. In their first game under a new coaching staff, Finland shutout the Swiss 2-0 for their first win of the tournament. Swiss goaltender Joren van Pottelberghe put up yet again another solid performance despite the loss with 49 saves.

In the final game of the round robin, Russia shutout Slovakia 2-0 to earn the third place spot in Group B to take on Denmark in the quarterfinals. The 1-0-0-3 Slovakians will have a much tougher matchup ahead as they will have to face the undefeated Swedes.

2017 World Juniors

AATH Three Stars of the Day

2017 World Juniors

Photo: Francois Laplante/HHOF-IIHF Images

1. Jonathan Dahlen (Sweden)
3 Goals in 5-2 win vs. Czech Republic

2. Joren van Pottelberghe (Switzerland)
Saved 49 of 51 shots in 2-0 loss vs. Finland

3. Jordan Greenway (United States)
1 Goal + 2 Assists in 3-1 win vs. Canada

 

 

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)

Noah Juulsen had zeroes across the board for the most part in Canada’s 3-1 loss to the Americans. The only exception was a single shot taken in the third period. Juulsen played 22 shifts over a span of 16:06. Canada’s next game is a quarterfinal match-up on January 2nd against the Czech Republic. Through 4 games played, Juulsen has an assist, 8 shots, 2 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating.

Mikhail Sergachev (Russia)

Mikhail Sergachev went without a point in Team Russia’s 2-0 shutout win over Slovakia to close out the preliminary round. Through 4 games played, Sergachev has a goal, 9 shots, 4 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating. Russia will be taking on Denmark on January 2nd in the quarterfinals.


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