It may be day seven of the 2017 World Junior Championships, but it is day one for the 2017 World Junior Championships playoffs meaning the quarter-finals have begun. After we go through the Bruins players, we will briefly go over the five games.
Jeremy Lauzon (CAN)
Team Canada played Czech Republic in their first contest in the quarter-finals and Jeremy Lauzon played 16:16 during the game. Again, Lauzon wasn’t able to produce any points or chances, which makes him look a lot worse. However, he is a d-man, so points aren’t the top priority. Lauzon still has 2 points and a +3 rating.
Jakub Zboril (CZE)
Jakub Zboril battled the Canadians in the quarter-finals, with a chance to play Sweden in the semi-finals. Unfortunately for Zboril, Canada would win 5-3 in the Bell Centre. Zboril got a key assist on the Czech’s third and final goal of the game to bring them within one goal. Canada’s Julien Gauthier extended the lead back to two goals and put the nail in the coffin. Zboril ended the tournament with four assists and 10 penalty minutes with a +2 rating. Jakub will most likely return with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL where Zboril had 18 points in 20 games before this whole tournament began.
Charlie McAvoy (USA)
Charlie McAvoy had a pretty decent group stage and he proceeded to rack up the points against Switzerland. The States took the game 3-2 and McAvoy assisted on the game-winning goal in the third frame. Charlie skated for 21:36, tieing him for most ice time in the game with Luke Kunin. Charlie has the same amount of points as Jakub Zboril after five games, but McAvoy has two more penalty minutes.
Ryan Lindgren (USA)
After winning the USA Player Of The Game against Canada on New Years Eve, Ryan Lindgren joined Charlie McAvoy and looked to rebound off of the great game against Canada. Lindgren came close to most ice time, with 19:35. Lindgren didn’t score a point once again, but it’s not necessary for him to do so. Lindgren is now a +4 and has one assist in five games.
Now, Daniel Vladar did not start in the final game for the Czechs, which means that he will probably join the Providence Bruins once again.
Previously mentioned, Canada eliminated Czech Republic and USA eliminated Switzerland, but there were still three other games on the second day of 2017.
First off, game one of the best-of-three relegation between Latvia and Finland ended 2-1 for the Finnish squad. Goals came from Vili Saarijarvi and Kristian Vesalainen was enough to do it. Goaltender Veini Vehvilainen made 23 saves on 24 Latvian shots to secure a win. Game 2 comes tomorrow in the Bell Centre.
Following Finland/Latvia, was Russia and Denmark. The Russians went 2-0-0-2 in the group stage, while Denmark went 1-1-1-1 in the group stage. Russia blew past the Danes 4-0 with goals from Alexander Polunin, Kirill Kaprizov x2, and Pavel Karnaukhov. Ilya Samsonov stopped all 14 shots that Denmark piled on him for the shutout.
Finally, Sweden played Slovakia in the final game of the day. It was an easy performance for the Swedes, 8-3 the final score. Sweden also piled on 50 shots on the Slovak goalie while Slovakia was only able to return with 16 shots.
So with the wins and the losses in the quarter-finals, the 2017 World Juniors are coming closer and closer to an end. For hockey fans, that is disappointing news. Especially if you enjoy following the future of the National Hockey League. We now have the official semi-final matchups below.
Sweden will play Canada and USA will play the Russians. Both games will take place on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 inside the Bell Centre.