(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Russia shuts down USA, takes 2-1 win to advance to gold medal game

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Pavel Kraskovski, Yegor Korshkov, and Alexander Polunin - Team Russia - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Russia forwards Pavel Kraskovski (L), Yegor Korshkin (C), and Alexander Polunin (R) celebrate a goal by Kraskovski in Russia’s 2-1 semi-final win over the USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

The USA rolled into the semi-finals at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship having outscored their opponents 21-2 in their prior three games, but it was their opposition, Team Russia, that is moving on to the gold medal game after they shut down the U.S. offense in a 2-1 win at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.W Read more»

2016 World Junior Championship: Q&A with Vladislav Kamenev of Team Russia

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Photo: Team Russia captain Vladislav Kamenev (#10) celebrates a goal with his teammates at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

In what was perhaps a tighter contest than expected, Team Russia moved on to the semi-finals at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship after defeating Denmark in overtime, 4-3, in their quarterfinal match at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The win means that the Russians will face a team they bounced from last year’s WJC, the USA. Read more»

2016 World Junior Championship: Playoff and Relegation Round previews

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Ryan Hitchcock, Alex Nedeljkovic, Scott Eansor and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA had just one blemish in their four preliminary round games at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with their quarterfinal match placing them up against the Czech Republic (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The playoff round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship begins tomorrow with the quarterfinal matchups featuring the non-relegated teams from Group A and Group B, although the first relegation game in the best-of-three series will also take place. The games will take place at Helsinki Ice Hall and Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

2016 World Junior Championship: Q&A with Radel Fazleev of Team Russia

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Redel Fazleev - Team Russia - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Russia forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Radel Fazleev competes for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL where he has produced 14 goals and 42 points in 33 games so far in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

A 2014 sixth rounder of the Philadelphia Flyers, two-way center Radel Fazleev is currently a key cog for an undefeated Team Russia heading into the quarterfinal round of the playoffs against an upstart Denmark squad at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Filip Lestan, Slovakia

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Alexander Georgiev - TPS Turku

Photo: Team Russia goaltender Alexander Georgiev, shown here playing for TPS Turku, has been an important part of his country’s run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the Russians have given up just seven goals in four games (courtesy of Duesseldorfer EG/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Team Slovakia put up a good battle, but Team Russia was able to hang on to defeat the Slovaks by a 2-1 score on the final day of the preliminary round at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win for the Russians sends them to a quarterfinal matchup with Denmark, while Slovakia has the uneviable task of facing off against what might be the best country at this year’s tournament, Sweden. Read more»

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