2013 WJC Blog: Day 8

Wednesday, 01.2.2013 / 3:13 PM ET
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2013 World Junior Championship Blog
2013 WJC Blog: Day 8
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland W 5-4 (SO)
12/31 Sweden L 4-7
1/2^ Germany W 8-0
1/4^ Slovakia 8:00 a.m.
^ Relegation Round
Ville Pokka and Team Finland took a big step toward avoiding relegation Wednesday by beating Germany 8-0. The Islanders blue line prospect netted a pair of goals in the game, and along with defensive partner Petteri Lindbohm, posted a game-high plus-5 rating on his way to being named Finland's best player.

The Finns held a 1-0 lead after the first period and extended the lead to three goals in the middle frame. In the third, with the score 4-0, Pokka blasted a slap shot from the right circle through traffic to make the score 5-0. Later in the period, he one-timed a feed from the other side past German goaltender Marvin Cupper to make it 7-0.

Finland’s next game will be Jan. 4 when they take on Slovakia.
 
BOX SCORE - FINLAND 8 GERMANY 0


Scroll to the 3:19 mark to watch Pokka's first goal, and the 4:20 mark to watch the second goal.


2013 World Junior Championship
Playoff Round Schedule
1/3* Canada vs. USA 4:00 a.m.
1/3* Sweden vs. Russia 8:00 a.m.
1/4** Czech Republic vs. Switzerland 8:00 a.m.
1/5*** TBD vs. TBD 4:00 a.m.
1/5**** TBD vs. TBD 8:00 a.m.
* Semifinals
** Placement round (5th/6th)
*** Bronze Medal Game
**** Gold Medal Game

Team USA knocked off the Czech Republic 7-0 Wednesday, setting up a semifinal rematch between the Americans and Team Canada. Team USA forward John Gaudreau netted a hat trick, with all goals coming on the man advantage. By the end of the game, the US side lit the lamp five times on the power play.

The other quarterfinal matchup saw Russia outlast Switzerland 4-3 in a shootout. After scoring the game-tying goal with 1:39 left in the third period, Russia forward Nikita Kucherov beat Switzerland goalie Melvin Nyffeler in the fifth round to send the Russians to a meeting with Sweden in the semifinal.

BOX SCORE - USA 7 CZECH REPUBLIC 0
BOX SCORE - RUSSIA 4 SWITZERLAND 3 (SO)


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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