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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Puljujarvi hat trick powers Finland to gold medal win

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Puljujarvi hat trick powers Finland to gold medal win

Photo: Team Finland captain Juuso Valimaki and forward Eeli Tolvanen pose with their gold medals after Finland downed Sweden 6-1 to win the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

It was just three short months ago that Finland celebrated a home-ice, gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. That country can now make room in the trophy case for more gold as Team Finland defeated archrival Sweden by a 6-1 score to win the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Late comeback not enough as Canada falls in shootout

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Late comeback not enough as Canada falls in shootout

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Pascal Laberge competed for the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL, where he posted 23 goals and 68 points in 56 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

A late third period comeback from a 5-3 deficit seemed to have Team Canada in a good position to win their semi-final game against Sweden at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, ND. But Sweden weathered the storm through overtime, then won the shootout on a goal by Linus Lindstrom. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shootout win sends Sweden to gold medal game

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shootout win sends Sweden to gold medal game

Photo: Team Sweden forward and 2016 prospect Tim Wahlgren played for MODO’s SHL squad in 2015-16, picking up a goal and an assist in 10 games in Sweden’s top league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In a game that literally became a ‘last shot wins’ scenario, Team Sweden moved on to the gold medal game after taking a 6-5 shootout victory from Canada in the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland’s late power play goal sets up Nordic showdown

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland’s late power play goal sets up Nordic showdown

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2017 prospect Kristian Vesalainen competed for the Frolunda organization in Sweden in 2015-16, including 19 games with the SHL club in which he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The USA might have looked like a favorite to win the gold medal heading into the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, but their opponent in the semi-finals, Team Finland, came out on top in a tightly-contested, 4-2 showdown at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA to play for bronze after loss to Finland

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA to play for bronze after loss to Finland

Photo: Team USA goaltender and 2016 prospect Joseph Woll will be attending Boston College starting in the Fall of 2016 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team USA breezed through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship with four wins, then won their quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic by an 8-0 count. The stage seemed to be set for the USA to once again play for U18 gold, this time in front of a home crowd in Grand Forks, ND. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA’s Keller adding exclamation point to solid campaign

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA’s Keller adding exclamation point to solid campaign

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Clayton Keller competed for the NTDP squad in the 2015-16 season, posting 13 goals and 37 points in 23 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

While the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship isn’t quite the NHL Draft preview that it has been in other years, there are some players at the tournament in Grand Forks, ND that have given NHL scouts something to chew on with the tournament and season winding down. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Well-oiled USA machine defeats Czech Republic, faces Finland

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Well-oiled USA machine defeats Czech Republic, faces Finland

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2016 prospect Adam Fox competed in 25 USHL games for the NTDP squad in 2015-16, scoring five goals and 22 points in those games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team USA picked up right where they left off in the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, putting forth a steady and relentless attack in their quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic that ended in an 8-0 win for the host country. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Jost making his presence felt for Canada

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Jost making his presence felt for Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Tyson Jost competed for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL in 2015-16, scoring 42 goals and 104 points in 48 games for that club (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After watching Finland forward Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City – USHL) notch a hat trick in the first quarterfinal game of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship played at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, Team Canada forward Tyson Jost (Penticton – BCHL) decided to get in on the action with a hat trick of his own in a 9-1 win over Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland drops quarterfinal match but remains in top division

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland drops quarterfinal match but remains in top division

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and 2016 prospect Marco Miranda played for the GC Küsnacht Lions of the NLB in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals and 15 points in 36 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship came to an end in the quarterfinals for Team Switzerland after they dropped a 9-1 decision to Canada. While the quarterfinal outcome wasn’t pretty, the Swiss live to fight another day at the top level of the U18 tournament as they maintain class for next year’s event that will take place in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada rolls over Switzerland to advance to semi-finals

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada rolls over Switzerland to advance to semi-finals

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Cameron Morrison competed for the Youngstown Phantoms in 2015-16, scoring 34 goals and 66 points in 60 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

A game that was fairly close after one period of play turned into an eight-goal margin of victory for Team Canada as they downed Switzerland by a 9-1 score in the quaterfinals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, ND. Read more »

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