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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Aleksi Saarela, Forward, Finland

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Aleksi Saarela, Forward, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Aleksi Saarela played for Assat in Liiga in the 2014-15 season, scoring six goals and 12 assists in 51 games for that club (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

While the first semifinal game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship ended up being won going away by Team USA, the second game provided a thrilling, overtime victory for Team Finland, and an agonizing loss for host team Switzerland as the Finns pulled out a 5-4 OT win at Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jordan Greenway, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jordan Greenway, Forward, USA

Photo: Team USA forward Jordan Greenway competed for the U.S. NTDP’s U18 squad that competed in the USHL this season, where he scored five goals and 20 points in 22 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA will face Finland in the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating Canada, 7-2, in their semifinal showdown at the Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Finland advanced after defeating host Switzerland, 5-4, in an overtime thriller. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Joe Masonius, Defenseman, and Mike Floodstrand, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Joe Masonius, Defenseman, and Mike Floodstrand, Forward, USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Michael Floodstrand was invited along with NTDP defenseman Joe Masonius to take part in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

North American rivals Canada and the USA squared off in a semifinal match at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in what was viewed by some as the gold medal matchup. If indeed this was the case, then Team USA should feel very good about their chances in Sunday’s true gold medal game after posting a convincing 7-2 win over Team Canada. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, and Jansen Harkins, Forward, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, and Jansen Harkins, Forward, Canada

Photo: Team Canada defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Chabot had a strong 2014-15 season for the Saint John Sea Dogs, scoring 12 goals and 41 points in 66 games for the Sea Dogs (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada entered their semifinal game against Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with an opportunity to advance to the gold medal game for the second time in three years. That opportunity has passed them by, however, as the U.S. broke open what had been a tight contest with five third period goals to defeat Canada, 7-2. Read more »

Minnesota Wild prospects found success through struggles

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Minnesota Wild prospects found success through struggles

Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba graduated as a prospect this season and has played a big role in his team’s success thus far (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

This has not been a great year of the prospect for the Minnesota Wild. The team arrived at a point in its process where it became ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. This has been somewhat to the detriment of its prospect pool, although any fan will take the tradeoff. Nonetheless, Hockey’s Future makes an annual tradition of handing out some imaginary hardware to players who stood out during the course of their seasons.

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(Podcast) 2015 U18 World Championship: Preview of Canada vs. USA, Finland vs. Switzerland

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(Podcast) 2015 U18 World Championship: Preview of Canada vs. USA, Finland vs. Switzerland

Photo: Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland is the site of the two semifinal games for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The first game features Canada vs. the USA, and the second has Finland facing off against Switzerland (courtesy of Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

The field has been whittled down to four countries at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The teams still standing – Canada, the United States, Finland and host Switzerland – will take the ice on Saturday in the two semifinal games taking place at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sami Tavernier, Finland

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sami Tavernier, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Sami Tavernier competed for HIFK’s U20 squad this season, scoring seven goals and 27 points in 45 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Finland has moved on to a semifinal showdown with host Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The Finns advanced after shutting out Slovakia, 3-0, while the Swiss blanked the Russians, 5-0, to earn a shot at a medal. The two countries will faceoff on Saturday in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Christian Fischer, Forward, and Troy Terry, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Christian Fischer, Forward, and Troy Terry, Forward, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2015 prospect Christian Fischer played for the NTDP squad that competed in the USHL, where he score 15 goals and 30 points in 25 games this season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

In what could be a game that decides which country takes home gold at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, Team USA will faceoff against Team Canada in a semifinal match on Saturday. The U.S. advanced on the strength of a 7-2 win over the Czech Republic, while Canada dispatched Sweden, 5-3, to earn the chance to face the U.S. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Nick Boka, Defenseman, and Brendan Warren, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Nick Boka, Defenseman, and Brendan Warren, Forward, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2015 prospect Brendan Warren played for the U.S. NTDP’s U18 squad that competed in the USHL, where he scored seven goals and 13 points in 20 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA has moved on to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after taking a quarterfinal match from the Czech Republic, 7-2. Fourteen players chipped in on offense for the U.S. in that game, including six players registering two points apiece. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship: Guryanov’s offensive exploits not enough to help Russia avoid elimination

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2015 U18 World Championship: Guryanov’s offensive exploits not enough to help Russia avoid elimination

Team Russia won all four of their preliminary round games to finish atop Group A before being eliminated in the playoff round by Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

Each U18 tournament brings an upset or two, and the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has been no different. Probably the biggest upset took place in a quarter-final game today, with host country Switzerland eliminating Russia in a shocking 5-0 win. The Swiss had not beaten the Russians at this tournament since 1999, which was the first year for the U18. Read more »

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