2015 WJC Podcast: A preview of the quarterfinal matches that includes a Sweden-Finland rematch

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Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha has played well for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

With the preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship now completed, eight of the 10 countries participating at this WJC are moving on to the quarterfinals, while two countries will head to the relegation round. The USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and Denmark all live to fight another day in their quest for gold, with Switzerland and Germany trying to avoid demotion to next year’s D1A WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Finland heads to rematch with Sweden after win over Germany

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Kevin Reich - Team Germany; Artturi Lehkonen - Team Finland

Photo: Team Germany goaltender Kevin Reich and Team Finland forward Artturi Lehkonen battle for the puck in the New Year’s matchup at the Bell Centre won by Finland, 2-0 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship is now completed following a slate of games that took place on New Year’s Eve. One of those games involved Finland and Germany, with the Finns moving on to the quarterfinals after a 2-0 blanking of the Germans. Germany moves on to the relegation round against Switzerland. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: USA, Canada winners in Monday tilts

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Dylan Larkin - Team USA

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has led the way on offense for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The favorites in Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship played as favorites should on Monday night as the USA and Canada both won their games in workmanlike fashion. The U.S. downed Slovakia 3-0 while Canada skated past defending gold medalists Finland, 4-1. The victories setup the showdown between the top two teams in Group A that will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Finland, Slovakia and Germany work to avoid relegation

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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland

Photo: TPS forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen has played well at the 2015 World Junior Championship for a Finland squad that has struggled to match their gold medal ways at last year’s WJC (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

When you’re a country placed in the same grouping as Canada and the USA – two especially talented squads this time around – it can be a tough road to hoe. Such is the case for Finland, Slovakia and Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship as they do battle in Group A along with those two perennial powers in their quest to earn a medal at this tournament. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Finland looks to repeat last year’s gold medal performance

by Tony Piscotta
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Julius Honka - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Julius Honka will be a key piece of Finland’s defensive unit at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

When the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament started there were few “experts” who would have picked Finland to emerge with the gold medal. With Canada a heavy favorite as the home team and many of the stars from last year’s Finland squad having moved on, that is once again the case at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship. Read more»

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