If Day One of the 2012 World Junior Championship was highlighted by blowouts, then the third day of this event was more about more tightly played games and one near upset win.
Finland‘s 4-1 win over the United States is the game that could qualify as the upset, although the U.S. is not as strong as they looked against Denmark on Monday, nor is Finland anywhere near as bad as they looked against Canada on opening day of the WJC. But the U.S. may have a slight talent edge overall, hence the view that Finland came away with a surprise victory.
is the top ranked Swiss prospect going into the 2011 NHL draft. (Photo courtesy of www.hcap.ch)
Five years after the Swiss got promoted to the Top Division, they are looking to establish themselves in the Top-Six of the World Group. Although avoiding relegation is still the main goal for the U18 Swiss, with the group constellation at this year’s tournament in Crimmitschau & Dresden (Germany) chances are there, that the Swiss can again sneak into the Quarterfinals and repeat their last years 5th place finish. While the heavily favored United States is totally out of reach for the Swiss, as are the Russians, the Slovaks and the Germans are beatable and are "must win" games for the team.