After losing to Canada in their first game and seeming pretty meh against Germany, the Americans have a solid game. The United States faced off against the Russians on Sunday. With the Russians coming off a huge victory over Canada they were expected to come out guns blazing against […]
photo via Sportsnet It was a case of rinse and repeat for the Finnish earlier today. After hammering Slovakia yesterday 8-1, they made it back-to-back victories with a 7-1 trouncing over Kazakhstan at the Werk Arena. Yesterday, 15 different players got their names on the boxscore, and today was […]
For a while on Sunday, it appeared as though Kazakhstan’s U20 squad was going to produce another tight outcome against a Group A stalwart. But the Finns were packing a Puistola. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Patrik Puistola scored the opening goals of the 1st and 3rd periods and led Finland with […]
Russia (1-1-0-0) @ United States (1-1-0-0) Not nearly as a rivalry as Canada/Russia but still two powerhouses coming together between Russia and the United States. In what has become a very important game for the landscape of Group B with every team being tied at 1 win, 1 loss. Whoever […]
The IIHF is often quietly judicious in competitive booking. For instance, when an “Asia” qualification spot at the senior Worlds failed to produce swift improvement in the Japanese or Korean squads, it was nixed without any ticker tape. Similar wisdom is shown in the inclusion of less nations in Women’s […]
Team Finland laid down the hammer earlier today dominating Team Slovakia 8-1 following a tough loss to the Swedish on Boxing Day. The scoring opened on the powerplay for Finland at the 4:54 mark of the first period. The Finnish got the Slovakian netminder – Samuel Vyletelka – moving and […]
Canada (1-0-0-0) @ Russia (0-1-0-0) It’s probably the most hyped game on this side of the world outside of Canada/USA. Canada and Russia have given us some of the best World Juniors games in the history of the tournament. Canada in their opening game beat the Americans then were awarded […]
Not a pretty game for Canadian fans.
After defeating the 2019 bronze medal champions on Thursday, the Czech Republic returned to the ice to take on Germany in front of a full house at Ostravar Arena. Without the help of Jakub Lauko who was injured in the game against Russia, the host nation would have to rely […]
If the Germans were going to win in the preliminaries, their best chance was going to be Saturday’s game against the Czech Republic. Not only did Germany pull off the upset, but the recently-promoted squad did so in convincing fashion. And make no mistake about it, this was no ordinary win. […]
My efforts to preview Friday’s Slovakia vs Kazakhstan game at the World Juniors were stopped cold by a chilling news flash. A passenger plane carrying 100 people had slammed into a building in the Kazakhs’ homeland, and I feared the absolute worst, not believing the initial estimates of only a […]
There is no secret that Samuel Hlavaj was going to be heavily relied on to stay in games through the IIHF World Juniors. One game Slovakia did not expect it to be needed was game one against Kazakhstan. Although Kazakhstan put up a battle against Switzerland, Slovakia was still […]
60 minutes of hockey has the potential to captivate more than just the eyes and ears of the audience, especially in the circumstances that were involved in Friday’s game between Germany and the USA. Germany — playing their first game in the top division since 2015 — faced off against […]
I’m going to start this one off with some thoughts first. This USA team has been very underwhelming for 4 periods and has performed well for 2 periods. Their big guns like Oliver Wahlstrom, Cole Caufield, and Alex Turcotte have a combined 3 points. Wahlstrom and Turcotte both took […]
Canada vs United States is always so much fun and of course this time it was no exception. We were a little spoiled in the sense that it was on the first day. The United States came into that game as the underdog, Canada is expected to win the tournament […]
Switzerland came out of the first game of the tournament as victors over Kazakhstan. The final score was five to three and the amount of shots on goal reflect the score with Switzerland’s 34 shots versus Kazakhstan’s 19. I would love to say that this was a clean win for […]
Hate to break it to you, Kazzies, but it looks like we’ve got at least a fringe contender on our hands. Kazahkstan didn’t win its opener in the Czech Republic, but finished the day looking like the stronger of 2 likely relegation-round opponents. Team Kazakhstan U20 bothered Switzerland for 3 […]
What began so promising turned into heartbreak for the Finnish falling 3-2 to the Swedish conceding with four seconds in overtime.
Thankfully we didn’t have to see a shootout.
A capacity crowd filled the Ostravar Arena for the World Junior Championship opener, cheers for the Czech Republic echoed through the building, as the hosts kicked off their Group B schedule looking for an early upset against Russia. It was not a start the Czechs, and more importantly forward Jakub […]