Finland vs Switzerland : World Junior Championship 2019 Semifinal, Finland vs Switzerland, at Vancouver. Switzerland Friday, January 04, Time 08:00 PM ET,is brimming with confidence at the world junior Sweden entered the quarterfinals undefeated with wins over Finland,The semifinals will be held at Rogers Centre in Vancouver on Friday,
The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship has cruised through its preliminary round robin stage and now it’s time for the elimination stage. Eight of the tournament’s 10 teams qualified for the medal stage, while the last-place team in each group (Denmark and Kazakhstan) will duke it out in a three-game series to determine which country will be relegated to a lower division for next
After securing the top spot in Group A during the prelims, Russia dered a whoopin’ on the Slovaks to open the elimination stage. The Russians ripped off four quick goals in the first period and eventually got out to a 7-0 lead at one point. They didn’t let off the gas until the final 10 minutes of the game, but by then it was too late for Slovakia.
Russian captain and Blues prospect Klim Kostin scored twice (his first two goals of the tournament) in the 8-3 win. Russia moves on to face the United States in the semis. USA would add another goal in the second period and they held a two-score advantage until halfway through the third period, when the Czech Republic were finally able to get on the board. The rest of that final frame became a nail-biting survival quest for the Americans, but they managed to hold off the Czechs and ice the game with an empty-netter in the final minute.
After a quarterfinal exit last year, the United States will move on to the semis and have a chance to medal in 2019.The opening day of the elimination round featured two stunning upsets, but the biggest one came when Canada fell to Finland in overtime of their quarterfinal matchup. It’s the first time that the Canadians have not medaled when hosting the tournament on home ice, and just the second time in 21 years that they will not play for a medal at all.
After going 3-0-0-1 with a tournament-best plus-18 goal differential in the preliminary stage, the Canadians appeared to be in strong position to make a push to defend their gold medal from last year. However, their hopes were dashed in absolutely heartbreaking fashion, as this is the overtime sequence that won it for Finland.
An insanely unlucky broken stick at one end promptly led to the game-winner at the other end, and that’s just how things go sometimes. This all came after Finland was able to force overtime with a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation thanks to an Eeli Tolvanen shot that deflected off an ankle and redirected into the back of Canada’s net.