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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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.
Spring is in the air, and the hockey season is about to wrap up across all levels. While the New Jersey Devils missed the postseason for the third consecutive season, fans can take solace in the performances of the organization’s prospects. The 2014-15 season saw Damon Severson go from NHL rookie to everyday starter, as well as some other standout seasons down in Albany. Read more »
Team Germany needs to win the final two games of their relegation round series at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to avoid being dropped to the next lowest division.
As was expected pre-tournament, Team Germany is locked in a relegation round battle at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with Latvia. Germany finds themselves on the brink of relegation to Division I, Group A as a result of a 5-3 loss to Latvia in the first game of a best-of-three series. Latvia can retain class with a win on Friday. Read more »
Team Canada’s squad at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has so far had a successful run through the preliminary round and quarter-final, winning all five of their games with the semifinal match coming up on Saturday. Canada will face their North American rivals, Team USA, in that game. Read more »
Along with forward Mathew Barzal, the other scoring star for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has been forward Mitchell Stephens. Barzal and Stephens are ranked first and second in scoring for Canada, with both players currently sitting among the top five scorers at the U18. Read more »
After finishing dead last in the American Hockey League last season, the Portland Pirates squeaked into the eighth and final playoff position in the AHL’s Eastern Conference this season. Read more »
Team Sweden is averaging four goals per game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but they are also averaging four goals against after the four preliminary round games. After winning just one game in the opening round, Sweden will face Canada in a quarter-final match that will take place Thursday in Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more »
For Team Sweden, the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has so far been a disappointment. The country’s roster heading into the tournament had the look of a squad that would contend for a medal, but the results so far suggest otherwise. The good news for the Swedes is that they have made it to the playoff round, so it is a clean slate going forward. The bad news – they face Canada in their quarter-final match. Read more »