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USA defeats Canada in shootout to win Gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship

Six shooters had past. After playing to a 4-4 draw, the gold medal match of the 2017 World Junior Championship between the United States and Canada was primed to drag deeper into its deciding shootout. Until Troy Terry took the ice. The 6-foot native of Denver, Colorado, had been in this situation before. 24 hours earlier, to be exact; when …

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Russia defeats Sweden in Overtime for Bronze at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Russia edged Sweden 2-1 in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship bronze medal game on Thursday. Denis Guryanov scored the overtime winner at 0:33. The goal came from a miscue. Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, one of two 2000-born players in this tournament, attempted to feed the puck back to scoring leader Alexander Nylander, who couldn’t control it. Guryanov jumped on …

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Troy Terry Tallies USA to Gold Medal Game at the 2017 World Junior Championships

With six points in as many games at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, Team USA forward Troy Terry has a nose for goals. He’s been described as a strong skater. A solid stick-handler. A sound bottom-six forward. But after his performance in Wednesday’s game against Russia, the University of Denver sophomore can tack slump-buster onto his growing list of …

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Finland Finishes off Latvia at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Finland booked its ticket to the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York with a 4-1 relegation win over Latvia in Game Two on Tuesday night. The Finns won Game One of the best-of-three series 2-1 at the Bell Centre on Monday. Assistant captain Villi Saarijarvi got the third-period winner for Finland and added an assist. Juuso Valimaki …

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Canada survives scare against Czech Republic, Advances to Semis at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Losing in the quarters one year at the World Juniors? Embarrassing. Losing in the quarters two years in a row? Inquests have been called for less in Canada. Fortunately for the Canadians the road to the semis looked fairly painless, with an easy matchup against the Czech Republic their only obstacle en route to a shot at a medal – …

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Sweden Dominates Slovakia, Advances to Semis at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Sweden faced Slovakia on Jan 2 and Felix Sandström took the starting goaltender position again. After a solid win over the Czechs, Sweden came in strong to solidify their lead in the tournament. Less than a minute into the game, Miroslav Struska gave Sweden a power play opportunity. A tripping call resulted in Team Sweden captain Joel Eriksson-Ek scoring the …

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USA Squeaks Past Switzerland, Advances to Semis at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Nobody expected Switzerland to hang around. They scraped out of Group A at the 2017 World Junior Championships, failing to win a game in regulation and posting a minus-two goal differential. Their quarterfinal draw paired them against a top-seeded United States team fresh off of a win over Canada. The Americans had never lost to the Swiss in the history of …

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Russia Blanks Denmark, advances to semis at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Russia scored two goals in the first period—including one from center ice—to defeat Denmark 4-0 and advance to the semi-finals in Montreal on Wednesday. Captain Kirill Kaprizov had two goals for the winners and now leads the tournament in goals (7) and points (10). Ilya Samsonov had an easy time in goal, stopping only 14 mostly harmless shots in the …

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Finland wins Relegation Opener against Latvia at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Kristian Vesalainen broke a third-period tie as Finland edged Latvia 2-1 to kick off the best-of-three relegation series in Montreal on Monday. Vesalainen’s long shot with 11 minutes left deflected in off defender Deniss Smirnovs, and the Finns celebrated with relief. “I just shot the puck to the net and I don’t know what happened,” said Vesalainen. “Pretty lucky goal.” …

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Dahlen Stars as Sweden Bests Czech Republic at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Sweden faced the Czech Republic on Saturday and gave star goaltender of the tournament, Felix Sandström, a break and introduced Filip Gustavsson, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect. Thirty-seven seconds into the game, Rasmus Asplund, a Buffalo Sabres prospect, scored to start Sweden off.  Asplund’s goal was assisted by Filip Ahl and Elias Pettersson, a top prospect for the 2017 draft. After the …

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Russia shuts out Slovakia at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Russia and Slovakia played the final IIHF game of 2016 in the final group game of the U20s, beating Slovakia 2-0 to complete the round-robin stage of play. Ilya Samsonov stopped 16 shots for the shutout. It was a tame game which saw only five minor penalties called (three to Slovakia). The result means that the quarter-finals include the Russians …

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Finland Blanks Switzerland at the 2017 World Junior Championships

With a 2-0 loss to Finland, the Swiss came fourth in Group A and will face the U.S. in the quarter-finals. The Finns take on Latvia in the relegation round. This New Year’s Eve tilt only affected Switzerland’s quarter-final seeding. Relatively speaking, their tournament is already a success. After finishing ninth the last two years, they have a shot at …

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Slovakia avoids Relegation with win over Latvia at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Slovakia played its best and most inspired game of the tournament, putting 36 pucks on net and skating to a crucial 4-2 win over Latvia. The win gives the Slovaks three points in the Group B standings and means tomorrow’s game against Russia (also with three points) doesn’t have relegation-round implications.The Latvians have finished the group stage with no wins …

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