2017 World Juniors: Day Ten (Medal Edition)

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The 10th and final day of the 2017 World Juniors sees the last two games of the tournament play, and the final awards are given out.

The third game of the best-of-3 relegation round was scheduled for today at the Bell Centre in Montreal, but was not played as Finland pushed Latvia to relegation with two wins in the first couple of games.

The bronze medal game was an all-European match-up between Team Sweden and Team Russia. Despite having less of a break since the semi-finals, Sweden came out flying in the first period with 15 shots to Russia’s 3. But the brilliant goaltending of Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov on Russia’s end kept the period scoreless. On Russia’s fourth shot of the game, Kirill Kaprizov scored his tournament-leading 9th goal of the tournament to take the 1-0 lead. Just short of 10 minutes later, Jonathan Dahlen tied the game for Sweden unassisted off of a turnover. The rest of regulation would be scoreless, sending the bronze medal game off to overtime. Overtime didn’t last long as Alexander Nylander couldn’t handle an unexpected pass from 16 year old Rasmus Dahlin that got turned over and Denis Guryanov made them pay with the game winning goal – 33 seconds into overtime.

The gold medal was a North American showdown between the Canadian and American rivals. Canada’s defence came out of the gates with an offensive upside as Chabot and Lauzon scored to give Canada the 2-0 lead heading into the intermission. It appeared for the time being that Canada solved the brilliance that has been Parsons with 2 goals on 6 shots. Parsons stood tall in the second period though, allowing the Americans time to the game with goals from McAvoy and Bellows to tie it. With 20 minutes left to play in regulation, the game was tied at two. Canada came out flying and shutting down the Americans. The QMJHL dominance in the game continued as Roy made it 3-2 Canada, Joseph 4-2 not long later. But Bellows and White would give the United States their first shots of the period – both of which were goals. The overtime period was one-sided as Canada outshot the Americans 17-7, with the help of an obvious too many men penalty by the US. Canada could not capitalize, and the gold medal game would be decided by a shootout. Canada’s first four shooters missed, and Troy Terry (who went 3-for-3 in the shootout in the semifinals) had the lone shootout goal for the Americans. So it came down to Roy, who lost control of the puck and could not get the shot off. The United States won their earned their 4th gold medal in World Juniors history (last 2013 vs. Sweden), and Canada took their 9th silver medal (last 2011 vs. Russia).

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All About The Habs Three Stars of the Day

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1. Kieffer Bellows (United States)
2 Goals in 5-4 shootout gold medal win vs. Canada

2. Ilya Samsonov (Russia)
Saved 38 of 39 shots in 2-1 overtime bronze medal win vs. Sweden

3. Thomas Chabot (Canada)
1 Goal + 1 Assist in 5-4 shootout gold medal loss vs. United States



Tournament Leaders

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Playoff Bracket

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Final Standings

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5 Most Attended Games at the 2017 World Juniors:
1. United States vs. Canada (Gold Medal Game) – 20,173 in Montreal
2. United States vs. Canada (Preliminary) – 18,584 in Toronto
3. Canada vs. Russia (Preliminary) – 18,099 in Toronto
4. Latvia vs. Canada (Preliminary) – 13,796 in Toronto
5. Russia vs. United States (Preliminary) – 13,759 in Toronto

5 Least Attended Games at the 2017 World Juniors:
1. Finland vs. Latvia (Relegation Game #1) – 3,016 in Montreal
2. Finland vs. Switzerland (Preliminary) – 4,013 in Montreal
3. Latvia vs. Finland (Relegation Game #2) – 4,216 in Montreal
4. Denmark vs. Sweden (Preliminary) – 4,518 in Montreal
5. Denmark vs. Czech Republic (Preliminary) – 4,536 in Montreal


Tournament Awards

All-Star Team (Selected by media)
Goaltender: Ilya Samsonov (Russia)
Defence: Thomas Chabot (Canada) – Charlie McAvoy (United States)
Forwards: Kirill Kaprizov (Russia) – Alexander Nylander (Sweden) – Clayton Keller (United States)

Best Players by Position (Selected by directorate)
Goaltender: Felix Sandstrom (Sweden)
Defenceman: Thomas Chabot (Canada) — Most Valuable Player (Selected by media)
Forward: Kirill Kaprizov (Russia)

Most Goals: Kirill Kaprizov (Russia) – 9
Most Assists: Mikhail Vorobyov (Russia) – 10
Most Points: Kirill Kaprizov (Russia) / Alexander Nylander (Sweden) – 12
Most Shutouts: Ilya Samsonov (Russia) – 2

The 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Ice Hockey Championship will head south of the border to Buffalo, New York. This will be the second time in 7 years that Buffalo will host the World Juniors. At the 2011 tournament, Russia won gold while Canada took silver and the host Americans took bronze. Some players that played in that tournament included Ryan Johansen, Vlaidimir Tarasenko, Ryan Ellis, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Brayden Schenn to name a few.

Buffalo was the winning bid selected by USA Hockey over Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

The 2018 tournament will feature an outdoor game between the hosts United States and their shared border rivals – Canada. The game will take place at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York – home of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills. New Era Field will host this one game alone.

The KeyBank Center – home of the Buffalo Sabres will be the primary venue for the tournament with a capacity of 19,070.

The HarborCenter, an arena with a capacity of 1,800 will be used in the preliminary round to host the games in the group opposite of the Americans.

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Habs Prospects

Montreal Canadiens Prospects at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships

Noah Juulsen (Canada)

Noah Juulsen and Team Canada earned a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Juulsen finished the tournament with 2 assists, 4 penalty minutes, +4 plus/minus, and 12 shots on goal in 7 games.

Mikhail Sergachev (Russia)

Mikhail Sergachev and Team Russia earned a bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Sergachev finished the tournament with a goal, 4 penalty minutes, +4 plus/minus, and 16 shots on goal in 7 games.

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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