Sport Czech Republic, Canada, Sweden advance in world juniors

05:30  03 january  2018
05:30  03 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Bundle up: USA-Canada outdoor game a go at World Juniors

  Bundle up: USA-Canada outdoor game a go at World Juniors Bundle up because the world junior hockey championship outdoor game between the United States and Canada is a go on Friday. Tournament officials gave the go-ahead for the game to be played at the NFL Buffalo Bills' New Era Field during a meeting Thursday. USA Hockey and organizing committee official Dave Fischer confirmed the decision in a text to The Associated Press.The forecast for Friday's game at 3 p.m. Eastern time calls for temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees (-9 to -6 Celsius).

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kristian Reichel and Martin Necas scored shootout goals and the Czech Republic defeated Finland 4-3 in a world junior quarterfinal on Tuesday. The Czechs will play Canada in the semifinals on Thursday night.

The underdog Czech Republic hung tough until Canada pulled away on a pair of third-period goals from Julien Gauthier to win their quarter-final at the world junior hockey championship on Canada advanced to a semifinal on Wednesday night against Sweden , which breezed past Slovakia 8-3.

Filip Chytil of Czech Republic shoots the puck past Urho Vaakanainen of Finland during the first period of play in the IIHF World Junior Championships quarterfinals.© Nicholas T. LoVerde/Getty Images Filip Chytil of Czech Republic shoots the puck past Urho Vaakanainen of Finland during the first period of play in the IIHF World Junior Championships quarterfinals. BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kristian Reichel and Martin Necas scored shootout goals and the Czech Republic defeated Finland 4-3 in a world junior quarterfinal on Tuesday.

The Czechs will play Canada in the semifinals on Thursday night.

Drake Batherson scored twice as Canada earned an 8-2 quarterfinal win over Switzerland.

The Canadians beat the Czech Republic 9-0 on Dec. 20 in a pre-tournament exhibition game in London, Ontario. However, the Czechs didn't put out their full roster and had just arrived in North America.

Canada-USA at New Era Field: 3 things you need to know

  Canada-USA at New Era Field: 3 things you need to know Any hockey game between Canada and the United States is well worth watching, and Friday's matchup at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship is certainly no exception. Here are three things you need to know before the Group A showdown: 1. A unique settingFor the first time in world juniors history, a game will be played outdoors. The setting will be New Era Field, the home of the NFL's Bills, located in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park.There, a tournament-record crowd is expected:IIHF says more than 40,000 expected for tomorrow’s CAN-USA game at New Era Field.

Czech Republic Division I - Group A. That’s particularly true at this year’s World Juniors . Finns take down Canada , 5-1 Finland's first win over Canada in 12 years takes it to the gold-medal game against Sweden .

Czechs strike first. Team Canada has been dominating most of the weaker teams at the World Juniors , so it was a bit of a wake-up call when the Czech Republic opened the scoring in this Team Canada now has a day off before they face Sweden in the semifinals on Wednesday at 4:30 pm PT.

On the other end of the bracket, Isac Lundestrom scored two goals and Sweden hung on to defeat Slovakia 3-2 to remain unbeaten in the tournament. Sweden advances to play the winner of Tuesday night's quarterfinal between the defending champion United States and Russia.

Brett Howden added a goal and two assists for Canada, which won Group A with three wins and a shootout loss. Cale Makar, Jordan Kyrou, Conor Timmins, Dillon Dube and Maxime Comtois also scored.

Canadian goalie Carter Hart stopped 12 shots for the win.

Filip Zadina scored twice in regulation for the Czech Republic, including the tying goal with 2:26 remaining in the third period. Reichel scored the other goal. Josef Korenar made 51 saves.

Aapeli Rasanen, Olli Juolevi and Kristian Vesalainen had goals for Finland. Vesalainen also had the only Finnish goal in the shootout. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 26 saves.

Fabian Zetterlund scored the other goal for Sweden, making it 2-0 early in the second period. Martin Bodak had both goals for Slovakia. Roman Durny made 36 saves.

In the opener of a three-game relegation series, Andreas Grundtvig scored with 15 seconds left in the third period to lead Denmark to a 5-4 comeback victory over Belarus.

5 players who turned heads at the world juniors .
Another year of the World Junior Hockey Championship is in the books. Canada ultimately took home gold with a win over Sweden on Friday, and throughout the tournament we were left with some brilliant impressions of the most talented young players from around the world.

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