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 […]
Russia (0-0-0-0) @ Czech Republic (0-0-0-0) It’s time for Russia to prove themselves, it’s the beginning of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships and they will be facing the home nation on opening day. This could be a sneaky difficult game for the Russians as the Czech Republic always play […]
Get those bets in.
As we wait with anticipation for the 2020 World Junior Tournament to kick off, we reflect on last year’s results and analyze on the current status of the teams playing.