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2014 U18 Video: Patrick Kurz, Germany

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2014 U18 Video: Patrick Kurz, Germany

Photo: Team Germany defenseman and 2014 prospect Patrick Kurz is serving as one of the assistant captains for the German squad at the 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Germany didn't accomplish their goal of reaching the playoff round at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, and instead will have to beat out Denmark to avoid relegation to a lower level for next year's U18 tournament.

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2014 U18 Video: Sonny Milano, USA

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2014 U18 Video: Sonny Milano, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Sonny Milano is the leading scorer for the U.S. at the 2014 U18 World Championship, having scored two goals and four assists in four games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The U.S. completed the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship as the top team in Group B. Team USA accomplished this feat on the strength of three consecutive wins after an opening loss to Switzerland.

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2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

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2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), shown here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round.

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2014 U18 Video: Edson Harlacher, Switzerland

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2014 U18 Video: Edson Harlacher, Switzerland

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman and 2014 prospect Edson Harlacher spent the past three seasons in the Kloten organization before heading to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Switzerland notched an early, surprise win at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship but wasn't able to fully capitalize on their upset win over the USA. As a result, they will open the U18 playoff round against the defending gold medalists from Canada.

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2014 U18 Video: Auston Matthews, USA

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2014 U18 Video: Auston Matthews, USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews competed in 20 USHL games this season, scoring 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points on the season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After dropping their opener at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team USA has strung together three straight wins to finish the preliminary round as the top team in Group B. This could have the U.S. on a collision course with Canada in the gold medal game, which would be a rematch of last year's U18 finale.

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