2014 World Junior Championship: USA Lose To Russia, Canada, Finland And Sweden Win

Richard Wolowicz

A look at the first day of cross group competition at the WJC.

Today was the first day of games between the two groups as they leave the round robin section of the tournament. Five games were on the schedule today.

Norway vs Germany

The first game played today was between the teams at the bottom of their respective groups. This is the first of two games that will be played between the two sides.

This was a game that appears to have happened completely in the second period of the game. The second period saw all three goals of the game scored, all from Norway. Martin Ronnild, Dadrik Svendsen and Andreas Klavestad scored the three goals, two of which came on the powerplay.

Most notable was the amount of penalty minutes that Leon Draisaitl amassed, 27 minutes. Of those 25 came from a high stick major and a game misconduct at the same time.

Final Score: 3-0 Norway

Russia vs USA

The Russia- USA game was a heated affair and resulted in the defending champions being knocked out in the quarterfinals.

The first period saw the United States ahead 3-2 with goals from Stefan Matteau, Ryan Hartman and Nic Kerdiles. Russia's two scorers were Mikhail Grigorenko and Pavel Buchnevich. 2015 draft prospect, Jack Eichel, had an assiston Stefan Matteau's goal.

Russia got ahead in the second period on the back of two powerplay goals from Buffalo Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov. Both of his goals were assisted by Anton Slepyshev who had one of the best games of his WJC career.

The United States couldn't get back and their fate was sealed by a Pavel Buchnevich empty net goal with less than half a minute left in the period. Jon Gillies finished the game with a less than impressive 0.833 save percentage.

Final Score: 5-2 Russia

Czech Republic vs Finland

The third game of the tournament saw two Dallas Stars prospects facing off against each other.

The first period saw both sides exchange goals in the space of a minute. Dominik Simon got the first goal of the game at 16:21 only to see the lead disappear with a goal from Saku Maenalanen. Esa Lindell got an assist on the tying goal at 17:06 of the first period.

Three goals were scored in the second period, firstly by Juuso Ikonen less than two minutes into the second period. The game was leveled up by a goal from Radek Faksa, slightly disturbingly his first point of the tournament. Martin Prochazka would put the Czechs up 3-2 leaving the second period.

Things weren't to stay that way however with the Finns leveling the game only 15 seconds into the third period. Saku Maenalanen got his second goal of the game to level Finland up once against. Saku Kinnunen and Henri Ikonen would add the two goals that would give the Finns the lead and put the game beyond the Czech Republic.

Final Score: 5-3 Finland

Switzerland vs Canada

Canada topped Group A and therefore had the joy of facing off against the Swiss in the fourth game of the day.

Despite outchancing the Swiss heavily in the first period the Canadians would come out of the first period with a single goal lead. The only goal of the period was scored by Griffin Reinhart. It was his second game of the tournament following his IIHF suspension.

The second period saw Anthony Mantha get the game winning goal on an individual effort. The Swiss would get a buzzbeater goal with a second left in the second period. Nico Dunner got the goal with an assist from Mirco Mueller and Kevin Fiala.

The third period went entirely the Canadians way as they put two more shots past the Swiss goaltender Melvin Nyffeler. Curtis Lazar and Derrick Pouliot got the two goals for Canada. Griffin Reinhart would get his second point of the game with an assist on Lazar's goal.

Final Score: 4-1 Canada

Sweden vs Slovakia

Hosts Sweden would face off against Slovakia in the last game of the day. The first period saw the Swedes score two goals. One from undrafted Lucas Wallmark and the other from Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm. Christian Djoos, Filip Forsberg and Gustav Olofsson got assists on the two goals.

In the second period the Swedes would keep on scoring with one goal from Filip Forsberg, assisted on by Andre Burakowsky and Elias Lindholm. Lucas Wallmark would get his second goal of the game with just over 7 minutes left in the second period.

The Swedes would keep the scoring up in the third period with another goal from Filip Forsberg and one from Jacob de la Rose. Lindholm would get two assists on those two goals and Burakowsky would get another assist as well. Forsberg and Lindholm would both finish the game with four points each.

Final Score: 6-0 Sweden

This means that the semi finals are as follows:

Sweden-Russia Saturday 4th Puck Drop 10.00CT

Canada-Finland Saturday 4th Puck Drop 13.30CT

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