World Juniors Recap for January 2, 2013
Relegation Game #1: Finland vs. Germany
Stinging from not making the medal stage of competition after finishing in fourth place in their division, Finland unleashed their anger out on Germany. It started with an Artturi Lehkonen goal at 16:12 of the opening period to make the score 1-0. Markus Granlund would score at 7:39 of the second to make it 2-0. Aleksander Barkov would make it 3-0 at 14:48. Finland would then explode in the third period with goals by Miikka Salomaki at :21, Ville Pokka at 4:56, Barkov again at 16:27, Pokka again at 16:50, and Joel Armia at 18:57 to make the final score 8-0 in their favor. They even outshot Germany 56-15.
Quarterfinal Game #1: Czech Republic vs. United States
Johnny Gaudreau puts the Americans on the board first at 11:45 of the opening period after a series of minor penalties called to each side. His goal would come on a 5-on-3. Gaudreau would strike again on another powerplay, this one at just 28 seconds into the second period to make the score 2-0. Ryan Hartman would make it 3-0 just 40 seconds later. This results in the Czechs changing goalies. At 8:44, while on another powerplay, Riley Barber would make it 4-0, and added an even strength marker at 12:13 to make it 5-0. Gaudreau would get a hat trick on another powerplay goal to make it 6-0 at 19:47. J.T. Miller would put in the extra point at 4:08 of the third while on another 5-on-3 to make the score 7-0 and have the Czechs bounced out of further contention. Final shots were 37-31 in favor of the U.S.
Quarterfinal Game #2: Russia vs. Switzerland
Russia would score first at 6:07 of the opening period, the goal by Alexander Khokhlachyov on the powerplay. Christoph Bertschy would tie the game up for Switzerland at 10:05 while shorthanded. Mikhail Grigorenko would give Russia a 2-1 lead at 9:07 of the second period. Martin Ness would tie the game up for Switzerland at 12:37. Sven Andrighetto would give the Swiss their first lead of the game at 8:57 of the third. With under two minutes to go in regulation, the Swiss would take a penalty, and Nikita Kucherov would make them pay with a powerplay goal at 18:21 to tie the game up at 3-3 and force overtime. That would solve nothing so a shootout was needed. There was no scoring after three rounds, but in the fourth round, both Grigorenko and Alessio Bertaggia would score requiring another round. Kucherov scored on his attempt, meaning Bertaggia had to do it again, but he could not convert and the Russians would win the game 4-3 in the shootout. Final shots were 44-37 in favor of Switzerland.
The semifinals will feature Canada vs. the United States and Sweden vs. Russia.