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WJC 2017: Day 5, Finland eliminated from Quarter-Finals
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A pair of outcomes were established on Day 5 of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship as Switzerland overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat Denmark and spell bad news for reigning gold medalist Finland, bumping them into relegation play. Slovakia secured a spot in the Quarter-Finals with a 4-2 win over Latvia in Toronto. Here’s a look at the action.

Switzerland SWITZERLAND 5 – Denmark DENMARK 4 – SO

MONTREAL – Marco Miranda scored the shootout winner as Switzerland clawed back from down 4-1 to defeat Denmark 5-4 at the Bell Centre. The Swiss victory means reigning gold medalist Finland will be forced into relegation games after playing to an 0-3 mark to this point in the preliminary round. This marks the first time in event history that a gold medalist has returned to play in the relegation round the next year. 2017 NHL Draft prospect Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads) had a goal for Switzerland in the victory. Denmark had strong performances from captain Alexander True (Seattle Thunderbirds) who had a goal and an assist as Player of the Game while Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks) also tallied. Switzerland outshot Denmark 53-22. Both clubs remain in contention heading in the final day of preliminary play on Saturday. Denmark finished the preliminary round with a record of 2-1-1 while Switzerland squares off with Finland at 5:30pm ET.

Slovakia SLOVAKIA 4 – Latvia LATVIA 2
TORONTO – Slovakia skated to a much-needed 4-2 win over Latvia at the Air Canada Centre, securing a spot in the Quarter-Finals ahead of Saturday’s preliminary round finale against Russia. The Slovaks outshot Latvia 36-24. Martins Dzierkals (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) and Rudolfs Balcers (Kamloops Blazers) both had assists in the loss for Latvia. Latvia will face Finland in a best-of-three relegation series that begins on Monday in Montreal.

Standings

R Team GP W OTW OTL L GF:GA PTS
Group A
1 SWE  3 3 0 0 0 13:4 9
2 DEN  4 1 1 1 1 11:15 6
3 CZE  3 1 0 2 0 7:8 5
4 SUI  3 0 2 0 1 11:11 4
5 FIN  3 0 0 0 3 4:8 0
Group B
1 CAN  3 3 0 0 0 20:5 9
2 USA  3 3 0 0 0 14:5 9
3 RUS  3 1 0 0 2 14:9 3
4 SVK  3 1 0 0 2 6:12 3
5 LAT  4 0 0 0 4 6:29 0

Statistics

Scoring leaders
Player Team Pos GP G A PTS
KAPRIZOV, Kirill F 3 5 3 8
NYLANDER, Alexander F 3 4 3 7
STROME, Dylan F 3 2 5 7
RADDYSH, Taylor F 3 5 1 6
BARZAL, Matt F 3 3 3 6
RYKOV, Yegor D 3 1 5 6
VOROBYOV, Mikhail F 3 0 6 6
ERIKSSON EK, Joel F 3 3 2 5
KELLER, Clayton F 3 3 2 5
HISCHIER, Nico F 3 2 3 5

 

For news and updates on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, visit hockeycanada.ca or worldjunior2017.com.

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