The final few games of the group stage in the 2017 World Junior Championships took place on New Years Eve. All of the Bruins that were represented in the tournament played and a couple in particular stood out.
Charlie McAvoy (USA)
Possibly the most exciting game of the tournament that everyone was looking forward to finally took place. Canada vs USA. Both teams came into the game, yet only one would head into the playoffs with a perfect record. USA managed to win the game 3-1 and Charlie McAvoy assisted on the second American goal in the first period of play. Charlie finished the four games with 1-2-3 totals with 10 PIM and a +1 rating.
Ryan Lindgren (USA)
The final game of the tournament was probably the best for Ryan Lindgren. Throughout the whole tournament, we have talked about how Lindgren hasn’t put up numbers on the ice. Well, he decided to show up at the biggest time. Ryan finally assisted on the third goal of the game scored by Jeremy Bracco. Lindgren also took home the Most Valuable Player Of The Game for the States, which is a big accomplishment for him.
Jakub Zboril (CZE)
Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic came into the final game against Sweden with a 1-2 record, losing to two teams who really surprised the Czechs, Switzerland and Denmark. Well, Sweden didn’t go easy on the Czechs, scoring four straight goals to bury Czech Republic 5-2. Zboril finished the four games with 3 assists and a +1 rating.
Daniel Vladar (CZE)
For the second straight game, Daniel Vladar was in between the posts for Czech Republic and once again, he felt defeat. Vladar allowed five goals by the Sweden players including a hat trick by Jonathon Dahlen. In the two games that Daniel started in, he had a 3.97 GAA with a .864 save percentage. Vladar allowed eight goals on 59 total shots.
Jeremy Lauzon (CAN)
Jeremy Lauzon had a tough game with the States, mainly because he was on Team Canada. Even though Lauzon had a combined 10:24 of ice time in the contest, which didn’t allow for too many opportunities. However, the next game might just give Lauzon those opportunities he needs. One of the top defenseman for Canada, Philippe Myers has suffered another concussion per TSN analyst Bob McKenzie.
The two other games on New Years day involved Russia vs Slovakia and Switzerland vs Finland. It would be Russia and Finland both picking up 2-0 shutout wins.
Now that the four preliminary games have been settled, the playoff brackets have been finalized. With USA’s victory over Canada, they take the top seed in Group B, while Sweden claimed Group A’s top seed.
The quarter-finals will begin on Monday, January 2nd starting with Denmark vs Russia in the Air Canada Centre, Sweden vs Slovakia in the Bell Centre, USA vs Switzerland in the Air Canada Centre, and finally Canada vs Czech Republic inside the Bell Centre. Prior to all of those games, Finland and Latvia play in the first game of the best-of-three relegation series.