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    u20 IHWC 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship - Leksand/Mora, Sweden (results, info, news)


    Official Site: http://www.worldjuniors2007.com/
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    GROUP A

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    SCHEDULE

    Tuesday, 26 December 2006
    15:00, Leksand, A Germany - USA
    15:00, Mora, B, Belarus - Finland
    19:00, Leksand, A, Sweden - Canada
    19:00, Mora, B, Czech Republic - Russia

    Wednesday, 27 December 2006
    16:00, Mora, B, Switzerland - Belarus
    19:00, Leksand, A, Slovakia - Germany
    19:30, Mora, A, Canada - USA

    Thursday, 28 December 2006
    16:00, Mora, B, Finland - Czech Republic
    19:00, Leksand, B, Russia - Switzerland
    19:30, Mora, A, Slovakia - Sweden

    Friday, 29 December 2006
    17:00, Mora, B, Belarus - Russia
    19:00, Leksand, A, Germany - Canada

    Saturday, 30 December 2006
    13:00, Mora, B, Finland - Switzerland
    13:00, Leksand, B, Czech Republic - Belarus
    17:00, Leksand, A, USA - Slovakia
    17:00, Mora, A, Sweden - Germany

    Sunday, 31 December 2006
    13:00, Leksand, A, Canada - Slovakia
    13:00, Mora, B, Russia - Finland
    17:00, Leksand, A, USA - Sweden
    17:00, Mora, B, Switzerland - Czech Republic

    Tuesday, 2 January 2007
    16:00, Mora, Relegation, 4B - 5A
    19:30, Leksand, Quarterfinal, 2A - 3B
    19:30, Mora, Quarterfinal, 2B - 3A

    Wednesday, 3 January 2007
    16:00, Mora, Relegation, 4A - 5B
    16:00, Leksand, Semifinal
    19:40, Leksand, Semifinal

    Thursday, 4 January 2007
    16:00, Mora, Relegation, 5A - 5B
    19:30, Mora, Relegation, 4A - 4B
    19:30, Leksand, Placement 5-6th place

    Friday, 5 January 2007
    16:00, Leksand, Bronze medal game
    19:30, Leksand, Gold medal game

    Exhibition Game Schedule

    Wednesday 20 December 2006
    USA-Czech Republic, 15.30, at Contigahallen in Norrtälje, Sweden
    Sweden-Switzerland, 19.00, at Contigahallen, Norrtälje, Sweden
    Finland-Canada, 18.30, at Helsingin Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland

    Friday 22 December 2006
    Sweden-Canada, 19.00, at Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
    USA-Switzerland, 19.00, at Contigahallen, Norrtälje, Sweden
    Finland-Slovakia, 15.30 at Ritorps Ishall, Stockholm, Sweden

    Saturday 23 December 2006
    Belarus-Slovakia, 15.00, at Klosterhallen, Långshyttan, Sweden
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    Venues: Leksand & Mora, Sweden

    Leksand: Ejendals Arena

    Opened: 2005 (on the same grounds as the old arena, built in 1956)
    Capacity:: 7650

    Pictures and arena info from hockeyarenas.net

    Mora: FM Mattsson Arena

    Opened: 2004. (After extensive renovation of old arena, built 1967
    Capacity:: 4,500

    Pictures and arena info from hockeyarenas.ne

    Leksand and Mora are located at the shores if the Siljan lake in the province, Dalarne (Look here to see a map).
    Despite their modest population (Leksand: 15,400; Mora: 20,300) and relatively remote location from major cities, both towns boost elite hockey clubs.
    Leksand IF was founded in 1919 and hockey became part of the program in 1937. Mora IK, which plays in Eliteserien
    was founded in 1935. Mora has never won a championship.
    Leksand is probably the most popular of all Swedish clubs, having a strong support and registered fan clubs not only in Dalarna but all over the country as the club enjoys some kind of a cult status in Swedish hockey. All the 12 Swedish Elitserien clubs lament the fact that Leksand is currently not playing in the highest league as a visit from that team ensures a very good attendance figure. Leksand has won the Swedish national championship four times: 1969, ’73, ’74 and ’75.

    Some of the best players that Sweden has ever produced are from Leksand or have played for the club. The Leksand star selection includes players like: Tomas Jonsson, Ulf Samuelsson, Kjell Samuelsson, Christer and Tommy Abrahamsson, Jonas Bergqvist, Nisse Nilsson, Per-Erik Eklund, Anders Carlsson, Per-Olov Brasar, Roland Eriksson, Johan Hedberg, Göran Högosta, Lars-Erik Sjöberg, Thomas Steen, Mats Ahlberg, Dan Söderström, Dan Labraaten, Hans Jax and Folke Bengtsson. Montreal Canadiens’ Francis Bouillon and Michael Ryder played in Leksand during the NHL-lockout. Mora IK enjoyed the presence of Shawn Horcoff, Dan Cleary, Marian & Marcel Hossa and Ladislav Nagy during the NHL’s work stoppage.

    Photo from Siljan lake

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    Playing Format

    The two preliminary round group winners are directly qualified for the semi-final. Teams placed 2nd and 3rd in each group play cross-over quarterfinals with the winners advancing to the semifinal. Team placed 4th and 5th go to a four-team Relegation Round. In the Relegation Round teams only play against opponents from the other group. The head-to-head result against the team from the same group is counted into the final standing of the Relegation Round. The two last teams in the Relegation Round (placed 9th and 10th) will be relegated to the 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship, Division I.

    Three points system introduced
    The 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship will be the first top tier IIHF World Championship where the three-point system will be used. (new with the IIHF as of the 2006-2007-season). Team that wins in regulation is awarded three points, the loser none.
    In case of a tie in the preliminary round, teams will be awarded one point each and the game will be followed by a five-minute overtime period (teams skate four-on-four) and a penalty shoot-out (Game Winning Shot competition, GWS), if the score is still tied after overtime. The team that wins in overtime or the shoot-out is awarded the extra point for a total of two points.
    If a Quarterfinal, Semi-final or a Bronze medal game is tied at the end of regulation, then a ten-minute “suddendeath” overtime period will be played (teams skate four on-four). In the Gold medal game the overtime period is 20 minutes.

    Shootout Procedure
    If no goal is scored in the overtime period, the Game Winning Shot (GWS) procedure will be applied. The procedure will begin with three different shooters from each team taking alternate shots, until a decisive goal is scored.
    If the game is still tied after three shots by each team, the procedure will continue with a tie-break shoot out by one player of each team, with the same or new players with the other team starting to take the tie-break shots. The same player can also be used for each shot by a team in the tie-break shoot-out. Only the decisive goal will count in the result of the game. NOTE: This GWS procedure applies for both the preliminary round games as well as for playoff games.

    Tie-Breaking Formula
    If two teams are tied on equality of points in the standings, the following tie breaking criteria applies:
    1. Head-to-head (mutual) games between the teams concerned.
    2. Goal differential.
    3. Higher number of goals scored for.
    4. Game Winning Shot competition (“shoot-out”) between the teams concerned.

    If three or more teams have the same number of points in the group, then their ranking will be determined by the higher number of points in a special standing composed just from the results of their head-to-head (mutual) games. If the number of points is equal between the three or more teams in this special standing just from the results of their head-to-head (mutual) games, then the following tie breaking criteria applies (with no secondary return to the head-to-head results):

    1. Goal differential in that special standing between the teams involved.
    2. Higher number of goals scored in that special standing between the teams involved
    3. Goal differential from all games played in the group.
    4. Higher number of goals scored from all games played in the group.
    5. Game Winning Shot competition (“shootout”) between the teams which are still equal.

    Note: If two teams are equal according to all the above tie-breaking criteria at the end of their last mutual game in the group and their standing cannot be influenced by games to follow, this game shall be prolonged according to the regulation for overtime period in play-off games, just to decide the positions of the two teams.

    International Rink Size
    The 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship is played on international sized ice, measuring 60 meters by (200 feet by 98.5 feet). North American sized ice is 60 meters by 26 meters (200 feet by 85 feet).

    Referees
    The eight referees of the 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship: Francis Charron (CAN), Juraj Konc (SVK), Kurmann (SUI, Olympics-06), Sami Partanen (FIN), Alexander Poliakov (RUS, Olympics-06), Robert Ritchie (USA), Ulf Rönnmark (SWE) and Vladimir Sindler (CZE, Olympics-06).
    The ten linesmen: Alexei Anisimov (RUS), Kelly Balaberda (CAN), Petr Blumel (CZE, Olympics-06), Mikko Kekälainen (FIN), Peter Kueng (SUI), Milan Novak (SVK, Worlds-06), Joseph Ross (USA, Worlds-06), Shroeter (GER, Worlds-06), Leo Takula (SWE, Worlds-06) and Fredrik Ulriksson (SWE, U20-06).

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    TEAM PREVIEWS (From IIHF)


    GROUP A


    CANADA

    Best U20 Finish: 12 Gold Medals (1982, '85, '88, '90, '91, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '05, '06)
    Worst U20 Finish: 8th in 1998
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 1, 2005: 1, 2004: 2, 2003: 2, 2002: 2

    When you are Canada, a lack of veteran goaltending is no cause for worry since stepping into Justin Pogge’s place is 2005 first round (5th overall) draft selection Carey Price. Backing him up will be 1988-born Leland Irving. The defense will be loaded with talent as last year’s Directorate Top Defenseman Marc Staal and Media All-Star defenseman Luc Bourdon will highlight the blueliners, along with captain Kristopher Letang. For offensive punch Canada has, Jonathan Toews, drafted third overall in 2006, and Steve Downie, a Media All-Star from last year’s World Juniors.

    Bottom Line: Simply put, Canada is the team to beat at this year’s World U20s. When a team enters as twotime defending champions and a roster full of NHL draft picks, expectations are naturally high. The roster features 11 players that won a gold medal last year in Vancouver. While every Canada class is strong, the fans will be particularly sad to see this group of 1987-born players graduate. The group has not only last year’s U20 gold medal under their belt, but the 2005 U18 silver as well. Canada will have an early test against rival USA in the preliminary round and host Sweden might not prove to be easy for the Canadians to overcome. But
    essentially, you can bet on Canada to breeze through and appear in the playoff round.

    • All of Canada’s players are NHL drafted, with the exception of two that are not yet eligible.
    • This will be the second time in U20 history that Canada goes for three consecutive gold medals. On the flip side of the equation, the last time Canada snapped a gold medal streak it had its lowest-ever finish, eighth place in 1998.
    • Nine of the potential Canadian players were members of the 2005 World U18 Championship team that earned a silver medal after falling to USA in the golden game.

    Player Profiles
    Carey Price (HF)
    Marc Staal (NY Rangers) + [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/prospect/marc_staal[/url]](HF)
    Jonathan Toews (HF)
    Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
    Luc Bourdon (HF)
    Kristopher Letang (HF)
    Steve Downie (HF)

    GERMANY

    Best U20 Finish: 5th place in 1981 (as W. Germany)
    Worst U20 Finish: 14th overall in 1999
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 1st Div 1, 2005: 9, 2004: 1st Div 1, 2003: 9, 2002: 1st Div 1

    2007 Player Preview: While goaltender Timo Pielmeier is only 1989-born, if he makes the team he could be one of the more interesting players to watch on the German squad. The netminder helped Germany stay in the top division as the starter at last year’s world U18 Championship and showed he can handle pressure. Up front, the Germans should be paced by Christoph Gawlik and Philip Gogulla (both regulars in the German pro DELleague) who were both standouts at last year’s Division I event. Gawlick had six goals, while Gogulla had one goal and six assists.

    Bottom Line: Germany has played the yo-yo game in recent seasons, bouncing between the top division and Division I. The last two times the Germans were in the top division, they finished in 9th place and were promptly sent back down. This year will be another hard test for the nation since a strong Belarus squad is poised to breakout of its own relegation rut, leaving very little wiggle room for the Germans. Germany also drew a tough preliminary round group with USA, Canada, Slovakia and Sweden. Look for the game against Slovakia to be the key to Germany’s success – or failure.

    • Forward Phillip Gogulla (one goal, three assists), Christoph Gawlik (three goals) and Felix Schutz (two goals, five assists) all played instrumental roles on the German men’s senior team as they won the 2006 IIHF World Championship Division I in Amiens, France and brought Germany back to the top pool for Moscow 2007. Schutz plays for the St. John’s Sea Dogs in the Canadian junior league.
    • Germany’s national team coach and Stanley Cup winner Uwe Krupp is the assistant coach of the junior national team.

    Player Profiles
    Timo Pielmeier (wikipedia, in German)
    Christoph Gawlik (HF)
    Philip Gogulla (from DEL, in German)

    SLOVAKIA

    Best U20 Finish: 3rd in 1999
    Worst U20 Finish: 9th in 1998, 2000
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 8, 2005: 7, 2004: 6, 2003: 5, 2002: 8

    2007 Player preview: The Slovaks have six potential returnees from a team that finished eighth last year. They have 12 players from the Canadian junior leagues on the preliminary roster. Vladimir Kovac, who started in four games in 2006, has the inside track for the goaltending assignment. Forward Juraj Mikus, a Montreal Canadiens 2005 draft choice, has 37 points in 35 games for Chicoutimi in the Quebec league and will be relied on. Vladimir Mihalik, Martin Gründling and Michal Korenko should be the top three defensemen, as they all played major roles already last year.

    Bottom line: No other nation has been so hurt by the junior talent drain to North America as the Slovaks, as the country’s U20 program nowadays in definitely closer to relegation than to a medal. Coach Jan Jasko has a huge task in front of him and it would almost take a miracle to avoid yet another relegation round in Sweden. Slovakia must win against on of Canada, USA or Sweden to reach the quarterfinal.

    • Only three Slovaks were selected in the 2006 NHL-draft, the lowest total in many years. This is another sign how the junior program as regressed in the last seven years.
    • Slovakia has not been close to a medal since Marian Gaborik led them to a bronze in Winnipeg 1999.
    • 14 of the players on the Slovak preliminary roster are from the Canadian junior leagues.

    Player Profiles
    Vladimir Kovac (McKeen)
    Juraj Mikus (HF) - Montreal Can. prospect
    Vladimir Mihalik (HF) - Tamba Bay prospect

    SWEDEN

    Best U20 Finish: Gold in 1981
    Worst U20 Finish: 8th in 1997, 2003
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 5 2005: 6, 2004: 7, 2003: 8, 2002: 6

    2007 Player preview: This is the best Swedish junior group in the last five or six years. Forward Nicklas Bäckström, who won gold with Tre Kronor in Riga last year, is already a star in the Swedish league and has the potential to be the MVP in Leksand and Mora. The team got a huge boost when forward Nicklas Bergfors (three goals and three assists in Vancouver 2006) was released by the New Jersey Devils. Goaltender Joel Gistedt has won the starting job on the Frölunda Indians pro team, relegating veteran Tre Kronor netminder Tommy Salo to a backup role. Gistedt should see most of the net action, but Jhonas Enroth is also highly capable. He is one of only two 1988-born players on this very experienced junior team.

    Bottom line: From an all-time low in 2003 (8th), the Swedes have improved by one position each year. This has the potential to be the year when Sweden stops the ten-year streak without a U20 medal. The players who where the core of the team last year are returnees, but one year older and hopefully better.

    • Vancouver-born forward Alexander Sundström is the son of ex-NHLer Patrik Sundström, who was Sweden’s best player last time the junior Tre Kronor won gold in 1981.
    • Forward Fredrik Pettersson (Calgary Hitmen), who had three goals and two assists in the 2006 U20, is the only Swede selected from the Canadian junior leagues.
    • Coach Torgny Bendelin chose not to select highly touted CHL-players Robin Figren (Calgary Hitmen) and Oscar Möller (Chilliwack Bruins).
    • Nicklas Bergfors, who has played AHL minor eague hockey for two seasons, has ten goals and nine assists in 22 for the Lowell Devils.

    Sweden - Team review from HF

    Player Profiles
    Nicklas Bäckström (HF) - Washington Cap prospect
    Nicklas Bergfors (HF) - New Jersey Devils
    Joel Gistedt (Eliteprospects)

    USA

    Best U20 Finish: Gold in 2004
    Worst U20 Finish: 8th in 1999
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 4, 2005: 4, 2004: 1, 2003: 4, 2002: 5


    2007 Player Preview: The Americans have one of the strongest and most experienced defensive units at this year’s championship with four returnees, including 2006 top NHL draft pick Erik Johnson. Jeff Frazee also makes a return in net, giving the Americans every reason to expect low-scoring affairs. Up front the U.S. is far less experienced with seven under-aged players, including 1989-born James van Riemsdyk. If the defense can keep the scores low, the Americans have a good chance for their first medal in three years.

    Bottom Line: The Americans have emerged as a force at the U20s in recent years, but the team has faltered in the medal round with three fourth-place finishes in the last four years. This team is strong enough to once again have a strong preliminary round, but its anyone’s guess which team will show up when the playoff round begins. One key to success for the Americans – and any other gold-medal hopeful – is winning the preliminary round group to get the automatic bye to the semifinals. When placed in the same group as Canada last year, the Americans came in second in the preliminary round group.
    • Head Coach Ron Rolston is also the head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He won a gold medal with last year’s USA U18 team at the World U18 Championship. Should he win a gold medal at this year’s U20s, he would become the second U.S. coach to win both events –
    • Mike Eaves completed the feat, winning a U18 gold in 2002 and the U20 gold in 2004.
    • 2006 top NHL Entry
    Draft selection Erik Johnson is one of eight returnees to this year’s U.S. team.
    • All but one of the U.S. players who are draft eligible have been drafted by NHL teams. Forward Jim Fraser is the only eligible player not to be selected.

    Player Profiles
    Erik Johnson (HF) - St. Louis prospect
    Jeff Frazee (HF) - NJD prospect
    James van Riemsdyk (HF)
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    GROUP B


    BELARUS

    Best U20 Finish: 9th in 2002 and 2004
    Worst U20 Finish (top pool):10th in 1999, 2003, 2005
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 1st Div 1, 2005: 10, 2004: 1st Div 1, 2003: 10, 2002: 9


    2007 Player preview: Forward Siarhei Kastsitsyn (Sergei Kostitsyn in English transcribing) is the superior Belarus performer. He is 11th in Ontario Hockey League (junior) scoring with 17 goals and 33 assists for 50 points in 31 games for the London Knights. Siarhei was also instrumental in Belarus’ promotion to the U20 top pool as he scored nine points (4+5) in five U20 Division I games last season. Forward Alexander Schurko is another strong returnee, he had two goals and two assists in last year’s U20 Division I win. Highly talented center Andrei Stas (born 1988) could be selected in the upcoming NHL draft.

    Bottom line: Belarus is the one of the old Soviet republics that has succeeded in producing the best talent, but rarely stays in the U20 top pool for more than one year. Only when one team was relegated in 2001 and 2002 did they manage to remain among the elite teams. Since 2003, Belarus has been going up and down between division I and the Top-10. It would be a huge achievement if they can manage to avoid relegation.
    • Both Sergei Kostsitsyn (drafted in 2005) and his two year older brother Andrei are both Montreal Canadiens prospects.
    • Andrei is playing for the Montreal AHL-club Hamilton, where a third Belarus talent – Mikhail Grabovski - is dwelling.
    • The line of Pavel Razvadovsky 54 points (25+29) – Alexandr Korotkevich 45 (16+29) – Artiom Demkov 51 (19+32) has been spectacular for Yunost Minsk in the Belarus second (developmental) league.

    CZECH REPUBLIC

    Best U20 Finish: Gold in 2000 and 2001
    Worst U20 Finish (top pool):7th in 1999 and 2002
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 6, 2005: 3, 2004: 4, 2003:6, 2002: 7


    2007 Player preview: As usual, the Czechs are the European team that is the most dependent on players from the three Canadian junior leagues. The 30-man preliminary roster had 17 Canadian-based juniors on it. Michael Frolik (Rimouski), Martin Hanzal (Red Deer, on top of WHL scoring with 16+38=54 in 34 games) and Vladimir Sobotka (Slavia Pargue) are all highly capable forwards who will be leaders of the three first lines. Cape Breton’s Ondrej Pavelec should get the staring goaltending job, while defenseman Jakub Kindl (Kitchener) is the captain. 17-year old forward Jakub Voracek (Halifax) is projected to go very high in the 2007 NHL Draft.

    Bottom line: The Czech exodus of junior players has not helped the national program on any level,certainly not at U20s. Every U20 event preview lists the names of Czech players who rip the Canadian junior leagues apart inscoring, but come World Junior time they consistently underachieve – or are highly overrated. The fact is: the Czechs have won only one medal (bronze) in the last five events.

    • Forward Jiri Tlusty, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs after being picked 13th overall in the 2006 NHL-draft, is injured (leg fracture) and will miss the championship.
    • The team could potentially have eight returnees from last year.


    FINLAND

    Best U20 Finish: Gold in 1987 and 1998
    Worst U20 Finish (top pool):7th in 2000
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 3, 2005: 5, 2004: 3, 2003: 3, 2002: 3

    2007 Player Preview: Finland will rely heavily on goaltender Tuukka Rask, who was named the Best Goaltender at last year’s U20s. Rask will backstop one of the most experienced teams at the championship, with only three underage (born -88) players. Finland will bring a very offensive defense, paced by returnees Teemu Laakso and Timo Seppanen, who each had four points last year in Vancouver. Of the forward returnees, Jesse Joensuu and Perttu Lindgren will be looked to for leadership.

    Bottom Line: Finland is one of the most consistent teams at the World Juniors. With four bronze medals in the last five seasons, the Finns are always considered a tough preliminary round opponent that plays the full 60 minutes at a high tempo. This year’s Finnish squad – despite being a little thinner on talent than usual – should once again be among the top finishers. Whether the team can finally win its semi-final is another matter.
    •Finland went on its tour of the Finnish Division I League (the second highest league in the country). The squad had a 3W-2T-5L record.
    • Many of the players on this year’s Finnish U20 teams were also a part of the two lowest-finishing teams at the World U18 Championship for Finland. The Finns played in the relegation round in both 2004 and 2005 at the U18s before rebounding last year with a silver medal.
    • All three of the 1988-born players (Joonas Jalvanti, Joonas Lehtivuori and Jusso Puustinen) were on last year’s U18 silver medal winning team.

    RUSSIA

    Best U20 Finish: Gold in 1999, 2002 and 2003 (+ 9 golds as Soviet Union)
    Worst U20 Finish (top pool):7th in 2001
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 2, 2005: 2, 2004: 5, 2003: 1, 2002: 1

    2007 Player preview: This time around there is no Alexander Ovechkin and no Evgeni Malkin as the Russians arrive without a junior superstar to the U20s for the first time since 2002. But beware of 17-year old forward Alexei Cherepanov from Avangard Omsk. If the enthusiastic reports from Siberia reflect just half the truth, this kid is special. He exploded this autumn and has 10 goals and 9 assists in 28 games in the top Russian league and these are better numbers than Ovechkin, Malkin or Maxim Afinogenov put up at the same age.

    Bottom line: Russia usually gets better results from balanced teams rather than from those where one or two players already enjoy superstar status and they are more even levelled this year. 18-year old goaltender Semen Varlamov (Washington 2006 draft pick) has already surpassed veteran Egor Podomatski on the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl pro team and he could be Russia’s goalie of the future.

    • Defensemen Andrei Zubarev – Vyacheslav Buravchikov and forwards Gennadi Churilov – Ilya
    Zubov are the only skaters returning from 2006.
    • Although no Russians are selected from the Canadian junior leagues, twelve of the players are drafted by NHL-teams.
    • Soviet Union/Russia has two gold medals and one silver in the four U20 championships held in Sweden.

    SWITZERLAND

    Best U20 Finish: 3rd in 1998
    Worst U20 Finish (top pool): 11 in 1988
    Last 5 Years: 2006: 7, 2005: 8, 2004: 8, 2003: 7, 2002: 4

    2007 Player Preview: Goaltender Reto Berra should earn the starting job after impressing the scouts at last year’s U20s. Four players on the Swiss long-list (Lukas Flueler, G; Yannick Weber, D; Arnaud Jacquemet, F; Juraj Simek, F) are playing in Canada this season. Luca Cunti, who was named the best forward at a Four- Nation tournament recently, is only 17 (born 89) but with exceptional qualities. Defenseman Roman Josi (born June 1, 1990) could be the youngest player in the tournament.

    Bottom Line: The Swiss have played in the relegation round the last four years and it will be tough for the team to crack the top six as many of the players on the squad were on the relegated U18 team two years ago. One of the most important games for the Swiss will come on opening day when the squad faces newly-promoted Belarus, not only will it set the tone for the tournament, but it could also be a key game should the Swiss go to the relegation round again.

    • Head Coach Jakob Kölliker is the longest-serving U20 head coach of any of this year’s U20 countries. Kölliker, who has been with U20-program since 1999, still holds the record for most Swiss national team games played (213) and will be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2007. • The Swiss U20 team played 12 games against it National B League (second professional league) squads this fall in preparation for the U20 World Championship. The team went 2W-2OTW-1OTL-7L in the games.
    • Forward Andrei Bykov is the son of Russian national team coach and former Soviet star in the 80s, Vyacheslav Bykov, who settled in Switzerland in the 90s.
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    2006-07 Season so far...

    BELARUS
    November 8, 2006, Finland (B-team) - Belarus 3-1 (1-1, 1-0, 1-0)
    November 10, 2006, Finland (B-team) - Belarus 4-3 OT (0-1, 1-2, 2-0, 1-0)
    November 1, 2006, Finland (B-team) - Belarus 1-4 (0-1, 0-2, 1-1)

    CZECH REPUBLIC (4 - 2 - 4)
    August, 2, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI), Switzerland - Czech Republic 1-5 (0-1, 1-3, 0-1)
    August, 4, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI). Czech Republic - Slovakia 3-5 (3-2, 0-0, 0-3)
    August, 5, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI). Czech Republic - Germany 2-1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1)
    August 6, 2006,@ Huttwil (SUI), Switzerland - Czech Republic 3-5 (0-2, 2-3, 1-0)
    September, 1, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Sweden - Czech Republic 4-0 (1-0, 1-0, 2-0)
    September, 2, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Czech Republic - FInland 2-3 SO (1-0, 0-0, 1-2, 0-0, 0-1)
    September, 3, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Russia - Czech Republic 2-0 (1-0, 0-0, 1-0)
    November 10, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Czech Republic - Finland 2-1 (0-0, 2-0, 0-1)
    November 11, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Czech Republic - Russia 3-4 SO (1-1, 1-1, 1-1, 0-1)
    November 12, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Czech Republic -Sweden 3-5 (0-2, 1-1, 0-2)

    FINLAND (2 - 1 - 7)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid, USA (Blue) -Finland 4-2 (1-1. 2-1, 1-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Finland 8-5 (2-2, 2-0, 4-3)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (Blue) -Finland 4-1 (2-0, 0-1, 2-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Finland 7-1 (3-1, 1-0, 3-0)
    September, 1, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Finland - Russia 6-2 (1-0, 3-1, 2-1)
    September, 2, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Czech Republic - FInland 2-3 SO (1-0, 0-0, 1-2, 0-0, 0-1)
    September, 3, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Sweden - Finland 3-2 (2-1, 1-1, 0-0)
    November 10, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Czech Republic - Finland 2-1 (0-0, 2-0, 0-1)
    November 11, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Finland - Sweden 1-2 (1-0, 0-1, 0-0)
    November 12, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Russia - Finland 4-3SO (0-1, 1-2, 2-0, 1-0)

    GERMANY (7 - 0 - 2)
    July, 12, 2006: @ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 6-5 (2-2, 3-2, 1-1)
    July, 15, 2006: @ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 3-2 (1-1, 0-1, 2-0)
    July, 16, 2006: @ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 2-0 (0-0, 1-0, 1-0)
    August, 4, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI), Switzerland - Germany 5-1 (0-0, 2-0, 3-1)
    August, 5, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI). Czech Republic - Germany 2-1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1)
    August 6, 2006,@ Huttwill (SUI), Slovakia -Germany 3-4 OT (1-2, 1-0, 1-1, 0-1)
    November 8, 2006,@ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
    November 10, 2006,@ Peissenberg (GER), Switzerland - Norway 4-0 (1-0, 0-0, 3-0)
    November 11, 2006,@ Füssen (GER), Germany - Slovakia 5-2 (1-2, 4-0, 0-0)

    RUSSIA (4 - 0 - 2)
    September, 1, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Finland - Russia 6-2 (1-0, 3-1, 2-1)
    September, 2, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Sweden - Russia 0-5 (0-1, 0-2, 0-2)
    September, 3, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Russia - Czech Republic 2-0 (1-0, 0-0, 1-0)
    November 10, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Sweden - Russia 5-1 (2-0, 0-0, 3-1)
    November 11, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Czech Republic - Russia 3-4 SO (1-1, 1-1, 1-1, 0-1)
    November 12, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Russia - Finland 4-3SO (0-1, 1-2, 2-0, 1-0)

    SLOVAKIA (2 - 2 - 3)
    August, 4, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI). Czech Republic - Slovakia 3-5 (3-2, 0-0, 0-3)
    August, 5, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI). Switzerland - Slovakia 4-1 (2-1, 1-0, 1-0)
    August 6, 2006,@ Huttwill (SUI), Slovakia -Germany 3-4 OT (1-2, 1-0, 1-1, 0-1)
    August 26, 2006,@Poprad (SVK), Slovakia - Switzerland 6-0 (1-0, 2-0, 3-0)
    November 8, 2006,@ Füssen (GER), Slovakia - Norway 2-3 OT (2-1, 0-0, 0-1, 0-1)
    November 10, 2006,@ Füssen (GER), Switzerland - Slovakia 3-2 (1-1, 0-1, 2-0)
    November 11, 2006,@ Füssen (GER), Germany - Slovakia 5-2 (1-2, 4-0, 0-0)

    SWEDEN (6 - 0 -4 )
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Sweden 3-0 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (Blue) -Sweden 4-2 (1-1. 1-1, 2-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Sweden 5-3 (0-2, 3-1, 2-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (Blue) -Sweden 3-4 OT (1-1, 1-0, 1-2, 0-1)
    September, 1, 2006@Borlänge (SWE), Sweden - Czech Republic 4-0 (1-0, 1-0, 2-0)
    September, 2, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Sweden - Russia 0-5 (0-1, 0-2, 0-2)
    September, 3, 2006@ Borlänge (SWE), Sweden - Finland 3-2 (2-1, 1-1, 0-0)
    November 10, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Sweden - Russia 5-1 (2-0, 0-0, 3-1)
    November 11, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Finland - Sweden 1-2 (1-0, 0-1, 0-0)
    November 12, 2006, Breclav/Hodonin (CZE), Czech Republic -Sweden 3-5 (0-2, 1-1, 0-2)

    SWITZERLAND (4 -0 -7)

    July, 12, 2006: @ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 6-5 (2-2, 3-2, 1-1)
    July, 15, 2006: @ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 3-2 (1-1, 0-1, 2-0)
    July, 16, 2006: @ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 2-0 (0-0, 1-0, 1-0)
    August, 2, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI), Switzerland - Czech Republic 1-5 (0-1, 1-3, 0-1)
    August, 4, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI), Switzerland - Germany 5-1 (0-0, 2-0, 3-1)
    August, 5, 2006@ Huttwil (SUI). Switzerland - Slovakia 4-1 (2-1, 1-0, 1-0)
    August 6, 2006,@ Huttwil (SUI), Switzerland - Czech Republic 3-5 (0-2, 2-3, 1-0)
    November 8, 2006,@ Füssen (GER), Germany - Switzerland 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
    November 10, 2006,@ Füssen (GER), Switzerland - Slovakia 3-2 (1-1, 0-1, 2-0)
    November 11, 2006, Switzerland - Norway 4-3 (1-0, 2-2, 1-1)

    USA (7 - 1 - 0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid, USA (Blue) -Finland 4-2 (1-1. 2-1, 1-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Sweden 3-0 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Finland 8-5 (2-2, 2-0, 4-3)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (Blue) -Sweden 4-2 (1-1. 1-1, 2-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Sweden 5-3 (0-2, 3-1, 2-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (Blue) -Finland 4-1 (2-0, 0-1, 2-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (White) -Finland 7-1 (3-1, 1-0, 3-0)
    August 8-12, 2006@ Lake Placid,USA (Blue) -Sweden 3-4 OT (1-1, 1-0, 1-2, 0-1)

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    22 December 2006

    Sweden's WJC team got a boost tonight by beating Canada 3:2 after having been down 0:2. The game ended few minutes ago

    Finland - Slovakia 4-1 (0-0, 2-1, 2-0)
    1-0 (30:49) Perttu Lindgren (M.Lehtonen, T. Laakso) PP1
    1-1 (31:46) Marek Bartanus (D. Buc)
    2-1 (36:05) Oskar Osala (M. Lehtonen) PP1
    3-1 (52:53) Teemu Laakso (T. Seppänen) PP2
    4-1 (54:18) Kai Kontala (V. Sopanen, T. Seppänen) PP1
    FIn 7x2 + 1x10 (Osala), SVK 8x2 + 1x10 (Grundling); SOG 27:24
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    Sweden - Canada 3-2 (0-2, 1-0, 2-0)
    0-1 (01:25) Karl Alzner (T.Pyatt)
    0-2 (15:30) Sam Gagner (B. Marchand, L. Bourdon) PP1
    1-2 (32:33) Jonas Ahnelöv
    2-2 (41:28) Patrik Berglund (N. Hjalmarsson)
    3-2 (46:01) Fredrik Pettersson (A. Ribbenstrand, K: Junland)
    SWE 10x2, CAN 11x2 + 2x10 (Downie x2), SOG 32:31, Att: 2,578
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    USA- Switzerland 5-3 (1-0, 3-2, 1-1)
    1-0 (10:02) Nate Gerbe (E. Johnson)
    2-0 (23:34) Patrick Kane (P. Mueller, N. Gerbe)
    3-0 (28:37) Kyle Okoposo SH1
    3-1 (30:23) Dario Bürgler (Y. Weber) PP1
    4-1 (31:02) Peter Mueller (P. Kane, N. Gerbe)
    4-2 (31:37) Sebastian Schilt (J. Bonnet)
    4-3 (47:48) Roman Josi (A. Morandi)
    5-3 (58:07) Jack Johnson (J: Abdelkader, K. Okoposo)
    USA 8x2 + 1x5+20 (Stoa), SUI 7x2 + 1x5+20 (Steinmann), SOG 32:36
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    Haninge/DIF - Czech Republic 3-10 (0-2, 0-6, 3-2)
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    Day 1, 26 December 2006

    Group A

    Germany - USA 2-1 OT (1-0, 0-0, 0-1, 1-0)
    26 December 2006, Leksand, Att: 2,462 Ref. Sami Partanen (FIN)
    1-0 (13:45) Christopher Giebe 1 (Andre Schietzold) PP1
    1-1 (48:56) Peter Mueller 1 (P. Kane, N. Gerbe) PP1
    2-1 (61:51) Marcel Muller (C. Fischer)
    GER 10x2, USA 7x2, SOG 15:38 (5:15, 3:15, 7:7)

    GER: (team: 4) Sebastian Stefaniszin (2); Rene Kramer (2), Florian Ondruschka (2), Philip Gogulla - Felix Schutz - Christoph Gawlik; Christopher Fischer (4), Benedikt Kohl, Patrick Buzas - Christian Wichert (2) - Thomas Pielmier, Henry Martens, Korbinian Holzer (2), Andre Schitzold - Matthias Potthoff (2) - Marcel Muller; Stefan Langwieder, Christopher Giebe; Constantin Braun - Elia Ostwald - Alexander Weiss.
    USA Jeff Frazee, Jamie McBain (2), Jim Fraser; Bill Sweatt - Mike Carman - Blake Geoffrion, Sean Zimmerman, Brian Lee, Jack Skille - Justin Abdelkader (2) - James van Riemsdyk, Erik Johnson, Taylor Chorney, Kyle Okoposo - Trevor Lewis - Ryan Stoa (2), Kyle Lawson, Jack Johnson (2), Pat Kane - Peter Mueller (2) - Nathan Gerbe.


    IIHF Summary: The first day of any IIHF World Championship event often comes with a major upset and day I of Sweden 2007 was no exception. Germany defeated USA 2-1 in overtime after Marcel Muller's goal at 1.51 of the extra period. It was Germany's first win over the U.S. in the U20s. Old West Germany managed to beat the Americans three times, with the last one in 1981. The Germans were celebrating after 1-1 in regulation as this score secured one point for them under the new three-point system. But things would be get even better. Defenseman Christopher Fischer made a rush deep into the American zone and managed a short drop-pass for Muller who stuffed the winning puck through the pads of U.S. goalie Jeff Zatkoff.?USA dominated early action, but defenseman Christopher Giebe gave Germany a surprise lead with a power-play tally at 13.45. The puck took a weird bounce off Jim Fraser and Jeff Zatkoff had no chance on the deflection. It's still a mystery how the Americans could avoid scoring a goal in the second period. They outshot the Belarusian 15-3 during the stanza and had at least six excellent opportunities. The best belonged to Jack Skille who hit the post on a clean breakaway midway through the game. Team USA finally got on the scoreboard at 8.56 of the last period when Peter Mueller's onetimer got past the excellent but screened Sebastian Stefaniszyn in the German goal. US outshot Germany 39-16.?Notes: This was the first top pool IIHF World U20 game that went to overtime under the new three-point system. Germany got two points for the OT-win while the US got one point. Had no team scored in OT, the game would have been decided in a shoot-out.

    Sweden - Canada
    26 December, Leksand, Att: 7,650 (Full), Att: Vladimir Sindler (CZE)
    0-1 (14:22) Luc Bourdon 1 (K. Letang, R. O'Marra) PP1
    0-2 (39:12) Brad Marchand 1 (K. Letang, A. Cogliano) PP1
    SWE 8x2 + 1x10, DAN 8x2, SOG 31:18 (8:6, 12:5, 11:7)

    SWE: (Team: 2) Joel Gistedt, Jonas Junland (12), Jonas Ahnelov, Nicklas Bergfors - Nicklas Bäckström (2) - Robin Lindqvist; Daniel Rahimi (2), Niklas Hjalmarsson, Andreas Turesson - Patrik Berglund - Martin Johansson, Alexander Hellström, Alexander Ribbenstrand, Alexander Sundström - Patrik Zackrisson (2) - Fredrik Pettersson (4), Patrik Nevalainen, Andreas Molinder, Patric Hornqvist - Magnus Isaksson - Linus Omark (2).
    CAN Carey Price, Ryan Parent, Marc Staal, Brad Marchant - Andrew Cogliano - Steve Downie; Kristopher Letang, Luc Bourdon, Ryan O'Marra - Jonathan Toews (2) - Sam Gagner (6), Kris Russell, Cody Fransson, Darren Helm - Marc Andre Cliche - Daniel Bertram (4), Karl Alzner, Kenndal McArdle, James Neal (4) - Tommy Pyatt - Bryan Little.


    IIHF Summary: he hype that surrounds the Swedish U20 national team is well founded. For the first time in a decade the light version of Tre Kronor is competitive in the "World Juniors". 7.650 fans – a sell-out and the biggest crowd ever to watch a junior game in Sweden – saw the Swedes play an excellent game, but they simply couldn't figure goaltender Carey Price out.?The home favorites had a 31-18 shot-on-goal advantage but they could not convert any of the opportunities while Canada excelled in their efficiency with manpower advantage.?Highly touted defenseman Luc Bourdon gave Canada a 1-0-lead at 14.22. A shot from the point in power-play beat goalie Joel Gistedt cleanly. Sweden had the better part of the action in the second period, but Price showed why he is the Montreal Canadiens' goalie of the future. He impressed mostly with his composure when the Swedes applied serious pressure. A late Swedish too many men on ice penalty in the middle period proved costly. With only two seconds remaining of the penalty, Brad Marchand scored on a short rebound at 19.12. That goal was the killer, although the Swedes staged several good attacks in the last period. But Price was not to be beaten on the night. He will for sure be back in net when Canada takes on USA on Wednesday.

    Group B

    Belarus - Finland 4-3 (1-1, 0-1, 3-1)
    26 December 2006, Mora, Att: 1,004 Ref: Alexander Poliakov
    1-0 (06:45) Mikhail Stefanovich 1 (D. Violentiy, S. Kostitsyn)PP2
    1-1 (19:57) Leo Komarov 1 (T. Huhtanen, M. Kurki) PP1
    1-2 (30:45) Mikko Lehtonen 1 (T. Laakso) PP1
    2-2 (45:20) Yuriy Ilin 1 (M. Stefanovich) PP1
    3-2 (48:18) Sergei Kostitsyn 1 (P. Musienko) SH1
    4-2 (52:57) Mikhail Stefanovich 2 (A. Syrei)
    4-3 (59:27) Mikko Lehtonen 2 (P. Lindgren, J. Joensuu) (6-on-4)
    BLR 10x2, FIN 8x2 + 1x10, SOG 17:35 (4:12, 7:9, 6:14)

    [b] BLR: Valeriy Pronin, Nikolay Stasenko, Igor Shvedov (4), Aleksandr Abakunchik (2) - Andrei Stas - Egor Filin (2); Dmitry Korobov, Dmitriy Shumski, Roman Magdeev (2) - Alexander Shurko - Sergei Kostitsyn (2), Aleksei Gavrilenok, Aleksandr Syrei (4), Yuriy Ilin - Pavel Musienko - Mikhail Stefanovich, Egor Korotki, Dmitriy Violentiy - Nikita Komarov (6)- Igor Voroshilov.
    FIN: Tukka Rask, Teemu Laakso (12), Timo Seppänen, Mikko Lehtonen - Perttu Lindgren - Oskar Osala; Tommi Leinonen (4), Mikael Kurki, Tuomas Huhtanen - Leo Komarov - Jesse Joensuu; Joonas Lehtivuori, Joonas Jalvani, Vili Sopanen (4) - Jonas Enlund - Sami Sandell (2), Joni Haverinen, Marko Pöyhönen - Miika Lahti - Ville Korhonen (2).


    IIHF Summary: What an opening day for Belarus! The team that many predicted would be bound for relegation scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat eternal medalist Finland 4-3. Yuriy Ilin, Sergei Kostitsyn (a short-hander) and Mikhail Stefanovich scored to change the score to 4-2 after trailing 2-1 after two periods. Mikko Lehtonen got one goal back for the Finns with goaltender Tuukka Rask pulled for a sixth attacker. But with only 33 seconds, there was not much more Finland could do.?Finland took the early lead with the Finns two men short as Mikhail Stefanovich finished a play from Dmitriy Violentiy and Sergei Kostsitsyn after 6.45. Finland got a timely equalizer when Leo Komarov scored a power-play goal with three seconds left of the first period. The favorites got ahead 2-1 midway through the game when Mikko Lehtonen got another PP-goal. The goal was redemption for Teemu Lakso, who assisted on the goal after having served a 12-minute misconduct penalty for checking from behind in the first period. It was that penalty that left the Finns two man short and allowed for the Belarus goal.?Notes: The teams featured one forward named Komarov each, Leo for Finland and Nikita for Belarus. They are not related.


    Czech Republic - Russia 2-3 (1-0, 0-2, 1-1)
    26 December, Mora, Att: 1,065 Ref. Ulf Ronnmark, SWE
    1-0 (10:05) Tomas Svoboda 1 (T. Kana) PP1
    1-1 (22:01) Alexei Cherepanov 1 (V. Buravchikov, A. Bugamin) PP1
    1-2 (23:43) Alexander Loginov 1 (G. Churilov)
    1-3 (45:54) Alexander Bugamin 1 (A. Cherepanov, A. Krysanov)
    2-3 (55:38) Vladimir Sobotka 1 (J. Kindl) PP1
    CZE 10x2, RUS 7x2, SOG 27:36 (10:12, 9:12, 8:12)

    CZE: Ondrej Pavelec, Ondrej Pozivil (4), Jakub Kindl, Michal Repik - Martin Hanzal - David Kuchejda (2); Michal Kolarz (4), Tomas Kudelka; Tomas Svoboda - Vladimir Sobotka - Tomas Kana; Jakub Vojta, Jaroslav Barton (6), Tomas Pospisil - Michal Frolik - Jakub Voracek (4); Jiri Suchy, Jakub Cerny - Daniel Rakos - David Kveton.
    RUS (team: 2) Semen Varlamov, Evgeni Ryasensky, Vyacheslav Buravchikov (2), Alexander Bumagin - Anton Krysanov - Alexei Cherepanov; Pavel Valentenko, Alexander Loginov, Andrei Kiryukhin - Gennedi Churilov - Ilya Zubov (2); Andrei Zubarev, Vitali Anikeyenko (4), Alexander Vasyunov - Artem Anisimov - Igor Makarov; Vyacheslav Voinov, Yuri Alexandrov (2), Igor Musatov (2) - Alexander Kucheryavenko - Anton Glovatsky.


    IIHF Summary: The Czechs carried a 1-0 lead (courtesy of Tomas Svoboda in PP) into the second period, when the Russians struck with two goals in 1.42 early in the middle stanza. 17-year old Alexei Cherepanov got his team even with a power-play marker and Alexander Loginov got the 2-1-goal shortly afterwards. Cherepanov, who could be the next Russian forward with star qualities, continued to blow his own horn when he assisted on Alexander Bumagin's game-winning 3-1-goal in the sixth minute of the third. The Czechs staged a late rally but they didn't come closer than Vladimir Sobotka's goal with four minutes left. Russia also dominated in shots: 36-27.

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    Day 2, 27 December 2006

    Group A

    Slovakia - Germany 2-4 (1-2, 1-0, 0-2)
    27 December 2006, Mora, Att: 495 Ref: Francis Charron (CAN)
    0-1 (03:08) Florian Ondruschka 1 (Schutz, Gawlik)
    0-2 (08:08) Felix Schutz 1
    1-2 (11:52) Juraj Mikus 1 (Brnak, Buc) PP2
    2-2 (25:41) Michal Korenko 1 (Skokan, Bartanus) PP2
    2-3 (43:23) Rene Kramer 1 (Gogulla)
    2-4 (44:13) Christoph Gawlik 1 (Schutz) PP1
    SVK 6x2, GER 8x2, SOG 31:17 (11:7, 10:6, 10:4)

    SVK: Branislav Konrad; Vladimir Mihalik, Tomas Brnak, Juraj Mikus - Tomas Marcinko (2) - Jakub Drabek; Martin Grundling, Michal Korenko, Marek Bartanus - David Skokan (2) - David Buc; Tomas Magusin, Adam Bena (4); Andrej Themar - Mario Bliznak - Jakub Rumpel, Matej Cunik (2), Juraj Valach (2), Julius Sinkovich - Ondrej Mikula - Tomas Zaborsky.
    GER: Sebastian Stefaniszin ; Rene Kramer , Florian Ondruschka, Philip Gogulla (2) - Felix Schutz (2) - Christoph Gawlik; Christopher Fischer, Bendikt Kohl, Constantin Braun - Elia Ostwald - Alexander Weiss, Henry Martens (2), Korbinian Holzer, Patrick Buzas - Christian Wichert - Thomas Pielmeier (2); Stefan Langwieder (2), Christopher Giebe, Andre Schietzold (2) - Matthias Potthoff (4) - Marcel Muller.


    IIHF Summary: Germany's top line left it to the grinders to upset the U.S. on opening day, but they assumed full responsibility 24 hours later against Slovakia. The line with Philip Gogulla, Christoph Gawlik and Felix Schutz was behind all goals when Germany scored another upset by also beating Slovakia, 4-2. Schutz had one goal and two assists, Gawlik recorded 1+1 while Gogulla added one helper as the Germans find themselves unbeaten after two games, with five out of possible six points. Germany took a 2-0-lead in the first period, the Slovaks came back to tie it all up with two PP-tallies, before a pair of third-period goals again provided the Germans with a two-goal advantage that they managed to hold on to. German goaltender Sebastian Stefaniszin was again excellent stopping 29 shots as Slovakia outshot Germany 31-17.

    Canada - USA 6-3 (2-0, 1-2, 3-1)
    27 December 2006, Leksand, Att: 3,539 Ref: Daniel Kurmann (SUI)
    1-0 (14:43) Steve Downie 1 (Letang, Bourdon)
    2-0 (17:33) Tommy Pyatt 1 (Franson, Russell) PP1
    3-0 (21:55) Jonathan Toews 1 (Pyatt, Lewis) PP1
    3-1 (22:24) Erik Johnson 1 (Chorney)
    3-2 (26:12) Mike Carman 1 (Sweatt)
    4-2 (49:13) Jonathan Toews 2 PS
    4-3 (53:50) Bill Sweatt 1 (Skille)
    5-3 (58:17) Darren Helm 1
    6-3 (59:03) Darren Helm 2 (Downie) EN
    CAN 9x2 + 1x10, USA 9x2, SOG 26:35 (9:9, 6:10, 11:16)

    CAN: (Team: 2) Carey Price, Ryan Parent (2), Marc Staal, Brad Marchand (2) - Andrew Cogliano - Steve Downie (12), Luc Bourdon (4), Kristopher Letang, Ryan O'Marra - Jonathan Toews - Bryan Little, Kris Russell, Cody Franson (2), James Neal (2) - Tommy Pyatt - Sam Gagner; Kenndal McArdle, Karl Alzner; Darren Helm (2) - Marc-Andr Cliche - Daniel Bertram.
    USA Jeff Frazee; Jamie McBain, James van Riemsdyk, Jim Fraser - Mike Carman - Blake Geoffrion, Sean Zimmerman (2), Brian Lee (2), Jack Skille - Justin Abdelkader - Bill Sweatt, Erik Johnson, Taylor Chorney, Pat Kane (2) - Peter Mueller (2) - Nathan Gerbe; Kyle Lawson, Jack Johnson (2), Kyle Okoposo (2) - Trevor Lewis (2) - Ryan Stoa (4).


    IIHF Summary: eam USA played two worlds better against Canada than they did against Germany on Tuesday, but they are still winless two games into the tournament. A penalty-shot -- perfectly executed by Jonathan Toews midway through the third period -- proved to be the winner at a point when the Canadians where struggling to hold on to a slim 3-2-lead. Toews caused the situation by stripping U.S. defenseman Jack Johnson off the puck, and when all alone with goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, Erik Johnson threw his stick for an obvious penalty-shot. Billy Sweatt cut the lead to 4-3 at 13.50, but Darren Helm added two late goals (the second an empty-netter) to clinch the win.?Prior to the game, Canada?s junior team Canada hasn't given up a goal at the tournament since its final round-robin game against the U.S. in Vancouver last year. The clean sheet lasted 234 minutes and 14 seconds when Erik Johnson?s wristshot from the point sailed past a screened goaltender Carey Price at 2.24 of the second period. But at that point Canada already enjoyed a 3-0-lead after first-period goals from Steve Downie, Cody Franson and an early second-period tally from Jonathan Toews. The Americans looked totally out of the contest after the third Canadian goal, but when Johnson quenched Price?s shutout attempt the momentum changed. Four minutes later it was suddenly 3-2 when Mike Carman jumped on a juicy rebound from the backboards as Carman had the short side of the net wide open. USA chased an equalizer in the third, but Jack Johnson's give-away to Toews and the ensuing penalty shot proved costly.

    Group B

    Switzerland - Belarus 4-1 (0-1, 2-0, 2-0)
    27 December 2006, Mora, Att: 954, Ref: Robert Richie (USA)
    0-1 (18:31) Andre Stas 1 (Shumski) SH1
    1-1 (28:59) Juraj Simek 1SH1
    2-1 (29:31) Fadri Lemm 1 (Grossmann)
    3-1 (40:27) Yannick Weber 1 (Schilt, Kellenberger) PP1
    4-1(50:46) Juraj Simek 2 (Kellenberger, Burgler)
    SUI 6x2, BLR 5x2, SOG 31:22 (9:10, 8:6, 14:6)

    SUI: Reto Berra, Marco Mauer; Etienne Floidevaux - Kevin Lotscher - Samuel Friedli - Arnaud Jaquemet; Marc Welti, Antonie Morandi, Juraj Simek - Dario Burgler - Steve Kellenberger; Yannick Weber (4), Roman Josi, Andrei Bykov - Gaetan Augsburger - Jerome Bonnet; Robin Grossmann (4), Sebastian Schilt, Jannick Steinmann (4) - Gregory Sciaroni - Fadri Lemm.
    BLR: (Team: 2) Valeriy Pronin, Nikolay Stasenko, Igor Shvedov (2), Aleksandr Abakunchik - Andrei Stas - Egor Filin (2); Dmitry Korobov (2), Dmitriy Shumski, Roman Magdeev - Alexander Shurko - Sergei Kostitsyn, Aleksei Gavrilenok, Aleksandr Syrei, Yuriy Ilin - Pavel Musienko - Mikhail Stefanovich (2), Egor Korotki, Dmitriy Violentiy - Nikita Komarov- Igor Voroshilov.


    IIHF Summary: It was a game of special teams, as the first three goals in the game came as results of shorthanded situations. After that Andrei Stas opened the scoring for Belarus in the first period, the Swiss replied with a pair of goals with a man disadvantage in the middle period. Juraj Simek tied it on a powerful slapper from just inside the blueline midway through the game and Fadri Lemm gave Switzerland a lead 32 seconds later. With the penalized Belarus player on his way in, Lemm pulled a superb move on a defender and copied the fake on goaltender Valeriy Pronin a couple of seconds later. It was a highlight reel move that made the scouts in stands take some extra notes and it was definitely a goal that changed the momentum in the game. Yannick Weber's power-play goal early in the third was the clincher and Juraj Simek put things beyond doubt with his second for the evening (4-1) with ten minutes left.

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    Day 3, 28 December 2006

    Group A

    Slovakia - Sweden 3-6 (2-2, 1-1, 0-3)
    28 December 2006, Leksand, Att: 4,037, Ref: Alexander Poliakov.
    0-1 (04:42) Patrik Berglund 1 (Ahnelov)
    1-1 (15:13) Vladimir Mihalik 1 (Marcinko, Sinkovic) PP1
    1-2 (16:59) Linus Omark 1(Junland)
    2-2 (19:33) Ondrej Mikula 1 (Zaborsky, Cunik) PP1
    2-3 (21:40) Niklas Hjalmarsson 1 (Turesson, Berglund) PP1
    3-3 (34:56) Juraj Mikus 1 (Sinkovic) PP1
    3-4 (44:15) Martin Johansson 1 (Turesson) PP1
    3-5 (48:41) Patric Hornqvist 1(Omark)
    3-6 (49:05) Robin Lindqvist 1 (Bäckström, Zackrisson)
    SVK 6x2, SWE 8x2, SOG 25:24.

    SVK Macek, Brnak (2), Mihalik, Sinkovic - Marcinko - Mikus; Korenko (2), Grundling, Buc - Skokan (2) - Bartanus, Valach, Curnik, Mikula (2) - Zaborsky - Rumpel; Bena, Magusin, Drabek (2) - Bliznak (2) - Themar.
    SWE: Enroth, Junland, Ahnelov, Bergfors - Bäckström (2) - Lindqvist, Hjalmarsson, Rahimi, Turesson - Berglund - Johansson; Ribbenstrand (8), Hellström (2), Hornqvist - Isaksson - Omark; Nevelainen, Molinder - Pettersson (2) - Zackrisson (2) - Sundström


    The Slovaks could match Sweden goal-for-goal until three each, but after that, the home crowd favorites pulled away for good. Three unanswered goals in less than five minutes early in the last period doubled the Swedish score from 3-3 to 6-3 as the mini Tre Kronor took a big step towards playoffs in front of a near sell-out crowd of 4.037 spectators. Martin Johansson scored the crucial fourth goal at 4.15 when he whacked at the puck from a nearly impossible angle but Slovak goalie Jakub Macek deflected the shot into his own net. Patric Hörnqvist and Robin Lindqvist added 5-3 and 6-3 shortly afterwards as the Slovaks lost all zeal.?Teams exchanged two goals each in the opening period, with Sweden's 2-1-goal being the highlight. Defenseman Jonas Junland found streaking Linus Omark with a long penetrating pass and Omark made Slovak goalie Jakub Macek look a little bit foolish with the sweetest of moves. Sweden took a lead for the third time early in the middle stanza on defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson's power-play shot from the point, but the Slovaks proved peskier than anyone would expect. With five minutes left of the period, Swedish blueliner Jonas Ahnelöv collided with a linesman, lost the puck and on the ensuing Slovak two-on-one break Julius Sinkovic fed Juraj Mikus for an easy equalizer, 3-3. But the final round belonged to Sweden.?Notes: Jhonas Enroth took over from Joel Gistedt as Sweden's goaltender for the game. With zero points, and with the U.S. and Canada left to play against, the chances for Slovakia to make the playoffs are dwindling. Sweden's star forward Nicklas Bäckström was once again held pointless. Slovakia outshot Sweden 25-24, which means that the Swedes scored on every fourth shot.


    Group B

    Finland - Czech Republic 6-2 (0-1, 3-1, 3-0)
    28 December 2006, Mora, Att: 1,458, Ref: Francis Charron (CAN)
    0-1 (12:39) Vladimir Sobotka 2 (Svoboda, Vojta) PP1
    1-1 (20:20) Oskar Osala 1 (Lehtonen)
    2-1 (22:03) Teemu Laakso 1 (Pöyhönen, Lahti)
    3-1 (23:45) Mikke Lehtonen 3 (Lindgren, Osala)
    3-2 (27:58) Tomas Kana 1 (Barton)
    4-2 (47:17) Teemu Laakso 2 (Osala, Lindgren) PP1
    5-2 (47:47) Leo Komarev 2
    6-2 (52:21) Jonas Enlund 1 (Lindgren, Seppanen) SH1
    FIN 10x2, CZE 8x2, SOG 43:31 (13:11, 14:11, 16:9)
    SVS: Pavelec 27/31; Kovar 10/12

    FIN Rask, Laakso (6), Seppanen (2), Lehtonen - Lindgren - Osala; Leinonen, Kurki (4), Huhtanen - Komarev - Joensuu (2); Lehtivuori (2), Jalvanti, Aaltonen - Enlund - Sandell (2); Haverinen, Sopanen - Pöyhönen - Lahti (2) - Korhonen.
    CZE: Pavelec ((35:58) Jakub Kovar); Kolarz, Kindl, Repik- Hanzal (2) - Kuchejda; Suchy (2), Kudelka (2), Svoboda (2) - Sobotka (2) - Frolik; Barton, Vojta (2), Pospisil (2) - Kana - Voracek; Pozivil, Cerny (2) - Rakos - Kveton.


    The Czechs are not only winless after two games, they have serious problems on the key position, goaltending. Finland managed to utilize that weakness by all means in the 6-2-victory on Thursday.
    Trailing 1-0 after the first period, Finland struck three times within 3.25 very early in the second period to chase goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to the bench. Pavelec let in a bad goal after only 20 seconds when he didn't cover the near post on Oskar Osala's harmless shot from the right circle. The Atlanta Thrashers' 2nd round pick in 2005 did not look impressive neither on Teemu Laakso's 2-1 nor on Mikko Lehtonen's 3-1 moments later (all equal strength goals) and he was replaced by Jakub Kovar. With the backup in net, the Czechs shaped up for the rest of the period and Tomas Kana got his team within one with a nice deflection, not giving Tuukka Rask much of a chance. Finland's excellent first five-men unit went to work again in the last period when defenseman Teemu Laakso scored his second for the night as his power-play shot from the point went through much traffic and into the net. The Czechs' goaltending woes were accentuated when Kovar only seconds later totally misjudged a rising shot from Finnish captain Leo Komarov for the 5-2-goal. Jonas Enlund added to the Czech misery with a shorthanded goal eight minutes from the end. Finns outshot Czechs 43-31. Finland's first line had a banner night and collected 11 points.

    Russia - Switzerland 6-0 (0-0, 2-0, 4-0)
    28 December 2006, Leksand, Att: 481, Ref: Juraj Konc (SVK)
    1-0 (24:48) Ilya Zubov 1 (Kiryukhin, Valentenko) PP1
    2-0 (35:01) Alexander Bumagin 2 (Ryasensky, Cherepanov) PP1
    3-0 (41:29) Igor Makarov 1 SH1
    4-0 (48:18) Alexei Cherepanov 2 (Bumagin)
    5-0 (54:22) Artem Anisimov 1 (Zubarev, Makarov) PP1
    6-0 (59:34) Vyacheslav Voinov 1 (Glovatsky)
    RUS 5x2, SUI 9x2, SOG 44:25 (13:7, 15:9, 16:9)
    RUS: Varlamov, Ryasensky, Buravchikov, Bumagin - Krysanov - Cherepanov (2); Valentenko (2), Loginov, Kiryukhin - Churilov - Zubov; Zubarev, Anikeyenko, Vsyunov - Anisimov (2) - Makarov (2); Voinov, Alexandrov, Musatov (2) - Kucheryavenko - Glovatsky.
    SUI: Berra, Welti, Maurer, Jacquemet - Froidevaux - Friedli, Schilt (4), Morandi (2), Bonnet (2) - Bykov - Augsburger, Grossmann, Weber, Burgler (2) - Kellenberger - Simek (2), Josi , Lotscher - Lemm (2) - Steinmann - Scironi (2)


    Russia scored three power-play goals and one shorthander in a surprisingly easy 6-0-win over Switzerland. It was the first lopsided result in this championship.?After a scoreless first period, the Russians went ahead 2-0 by taking advantage of two consecutive power-plays. Ilya Zubov scored the first one four minutes into the middle period and Alexander Bumagin got the second ten minutes later. Alexei Cherepanov recorded an assist on the second goal giving the 17-year old Avangard Omsk player three points (1+2) for the tournament. The outcome was put beyond any doubt early in the third when Igor Makarov scored an unassisted shorthander to make it 3-0. Evgeni Ryasensky, Artem Anisimov and Vyacheslav Voinov completed the scoring in a highly convincing Russian victory. It looks now as if the new year's eve game between Russia and Finland will be for first place in Group B. Russia (2W-0L) plays Belarus (1W-1L) on Friday.

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    Day 4, 29 December 2006

    Group A

    Germany - Canada 1-3 (0-1, 1-1, 0-1)
    29 December 2006, Leksand, Att: 1,284, Ref. Sami Partanen
    0-1 (07:09) Kris Russell 1 (Cogliano)
    1-1 (32:26) Felix Schutz 2 (Gogulla, Kramer) PP2
    1-1 (34:42) Steve Downie 2 (Letang, Toews) PP1
    1.-3 (50:34) Kris Russell 2 (Pyatt)
    GER 8x2, CAN 6x2, SO 19:34 (5:8, 4:16, 10:10)

    GER: Timo Pielmeier, Ondruschka, Kramer, Gogulla (4) - Schutz - Gawlik, Fischer, Kohl, Buzas (2) - Wichert (2) - Th. Pielmeier, Martens (2), Holzer (2), Braun - Ostwald - Weiss; Langwieder (4), Giebe, Muller - Potthoff - Schietzold.
    CAN: Price, Bourdon, Letang (2), Marchand - Cogliano - Downie, Parent (2), Staal, Helm - Toews (4) - O'Marra (2), Russell, Alzner, Neal (2) - Pyatt - Little, Franson, Cagner, McArdle - Cliche - Bertram.


    Canada secured first place in Group A and a semifinal spot by defeating Germany 3-1. This was Canada's 15th consecutive U20 championship win and the fifth consecutive year that Canada wins its preliminary round group. Canada still has Slovakia to play on new year's eve but none of the other teams can overtake the Canadians even in case of a loss.?German hockey teams have a long-standing tradition to make life miserable for the top nations and now this also goes for the junior squads. Like a pesky dog that doesn't let go your ankles, Germany kept Team Canada within striking distance for most of the game, displaying a defensive and patient game that is a trade mark of the German game. After that defenseman Kris Russel gave Canada an early lead with his first goal of the tournament, Germany didn't fall apart but waited opportunistically to go for an equalizer. The chance occurred during a two-men advantage midway through the game when Felix Schutz got the 1-1-puck past goaltender Carey Price for his second goal and fourth point of the championship. Philip Gogulla took a hooking penalty only half a minute after the goal and on the ensuing power-play Canada took the lead again on Steve Downie's second goal in the tournament. The real sense of relief didn't arrive until Kris Russel scored his second goal with ten minutes remaining.

    Group B

    Belarus - Russia 1-6 (0-3, 1-2, 0-1)
    29 December 2006, Mora, Att: 956, Ref. Vladimir Sindler (CZE)
    0-1 (04:30) Pavel Valentenko 1 (Zubov, Churilov)
    0-2 (12:37) Vyacheslav Buravchikov 1 (Krysanov)
    0-3 (17:13) Alexander Vasyunov 1 (Makarov)
    0-4 (26:07) Igor Musatov 1 (Kucheryavenko)
    1-4 (27:08) Alexander Shurko 1 (Magdeev, Kostitsyn)
    1-5 (37:27) Evgen Ryasensky 1 (Cherepanov, Bumagin) PP1
    1-6 (55:16) Vyacheslav Buravchikov 2 (Ryasensky, Krysanov)
    BLR 7x2, RUS 5x2, SOG 17:41 (4:9, 9:18, 4:14)

    BLR: Pronin (2); Stasenko, Shvedov, Abakunchik (2) - Stas (2) - Filin, Korobov, Shumski, Kostitsyn (2) - Shurko - Magdeev (4), Gavrilenok, Syrei, Ilin - Musienko - Stefanovich (2), Korotki, Yaskevich, Violentiy - Komarov - Voroshilov.
    RUS: Varlamov, Ryasensky, Buravchikov, Bumagin - Krysanov - Cherepanov, Valentenko, Loginov (2), Kiryukhin - Churilov (2) - Zubov, Zubarev (2), Anikeyenko (2), Vasyunov - Anisimov - Makarov, Voinov, Alexandrov, Musatov (2) - Kucheryavenko - Glovatsky


    here is no Ovechkin, nor a Malkin, but the Russian U20 squad is as usual a well oiled red machine. After defeating Switzerland 6-0 on Thursday, they took care of business 24 hours later by winning over Belarus, 6-1. It took the top team in Group B one period to virtually finish the opponents off as Pavel Valentenko, Vyacheslav Buravchikov and Alexander Vasyunov scored in the first period to display emphatic superiority. The Russians outshot Belarus 41-17. Igor Musatov (4-0) and Belarus' Alexander Shurko exchanged goals in the second period, before Evgeni Ryasensky made it 5-1, nicely assisted by Alexei Cherepanov, the 17-year old who now has five points (2+3) in three games. The Belarusian could have narrowed the gap when they enjoyed a two-men advantage midway through the period, but they rarely threatened. The offensively minded blueliner Buravchikov scored his second for the night in the third period.
    Notes: All five Russian scorers in the game recorded their first goals in the championship. Four of the goals were scored by defensemen. The win means that Russia secured at least second place in Group B (only Finland can threaten) while Belarus could end up in a four-team race that would either result in a quarter-final spot or relegation round. Russia has Finland left on new year's eve, while Belarus has its last preliminary round game against the Czechs on Saturday.

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    Day 5, 30 December 2006

    Group A

    USA - Slovakia 6-1 (2-0, 2-0, 2-1)
    30 December 2006, Leksand, Att. 789, Ref. Danny Kurmann, SUI
    1-0 (06:51) Pat Kane 1 (Skille, Chorney) PP1
    2-0 (14:45) Jack Johnson 1 (Mueller, Gerbe)
    3-0 (24:15) Pat Kane 2 (Gerbe) PP1
    4-0 (29:00) Erik Johnson 2 (Gerbe, Kane) PP1
    5-0 (41:36) Peter Mueller 2 (E. Johnson)
    5-1 (49:46) Juraj Mikus 3 (Korenko)
    6-1 (56:07) James van Riemsdyk 1 (Abdelkader, Geoffrion)
    USA 11x2 + 1x10, SVK 10x2 + 2x10, SOG 29:29 (9:7, 6:10, 14:12)

    USA Frazee, McBain, van Riemsdyk (2), Fraser - Carman - Sweatt; Zimmerman, Lee (4), Skille (14) - Abdelkader - Geofrion, E. Johnson (2), Chorney (2), Gerbe - Mueller (2) - Stoa, Lawson, J. Johnson (4), Kane - Lewis - Okoposo (2).
    SVK Macek, Mihalik, Brnak, Mikus - Marcinko (12) - Sinkovic; Grundling (2), Korenko, Bartanus (2) - Zaborsky - Buc. Curnik, Valach (4), Rumpel (2) - Skokan (14) - Mikula, Magusin, Bena (4), Drabek - Bliznak - Themar


    USA won its first game of the tournament by defeating hapless Slovakia 6-1. The result means that the Slovaks (0W-3L) are going to the relegation round for the third consecutive year while the fate of Team USA (1W-1L-1OTL) will be decided in Sunday's game against Sweden in Leksand. Slovakia can't advance even in case of a win against Canada on the last day of preliminary game action. Pat Kane had one goal and two assists while defenseman Erik Johnson had 1+1 and Nathan Gerbe added three assists. James vanRiemsdyk and Peter Mueller (1+1) added late goals for USA. Juraj Mikus scored for Slovakia, his third goal of the championship. USA has not lost to Sweden in their seven last U20 championship meetings (6W-1T) with the last loss coming in 1996, a 3-0 Sweden win in Boston.

    Sweden - Germany 3-1 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0)
    30 December 2006, Mora, Att: 3,801 ref: Jurac Konc, SVK
    1-0 (03:25) Robin Lindqvist 2 (Hornqvist, Bäckström) PP1
    1-1 (32:23) Christopher Fischer 1 (Gogulla, Schutz) PP2
    2-1 (26:42) Magnus Isaksson 1 (Omark)
    3-1 (52:05) Alexander Sundström 1 (Bergfors, Hjalmarsson)
    SWE 4x2, GER 9x2, SOG 39:12 (12:5, 15:4, 12:3)

    SWE Gistedt, Junland (2), Ahnelov, Zackrisson - Bäckström - Lindqvist, Nevalainen, Hellström (2), Omark - Isaksson - Hornqvist (2), Hjalmarsson, Rahimi, Pettersson (2) - Sundström - Bergfors, Molinder, Ribbenstrand, Turesson - Berglund - Johansson.
    GER Stefaniszin, Ondruschka, Kramer, Gogulla - Schutz - Gawlik (4), Fischer, Kohl, Buzas (2) - Wichert - Pielmeier, Holzer (4), Martens (2), Braun (2) - Ostwald - Weiss (2), Langwieder, Giebe, Schietzold - Potthoff - Muller (2).


    Sweden (2W-1L) qualified for the playoff round after winning against Germany 3-1. The Germans (1W-1OTW-2L) finished with five points as they have no games left to play. The German's only chance is that Sweden defeats USA on New Year's Eve which would have the Americans end up with four points. Robin Lindqvist, Magnus Isaksson and Alexander Sundström scored for Sweden while defenseman Christopher Fischer had Germany's lone goal. Germany played as defensively as expected and the shots-on-goal tell much of the story: 39-12 in Sweden's favor. Robin Lindqvist gave Sweden a 1-0-lead on a power-play deflection after three minutes, but Germany replied early in the second on a two-men advantage when Philip Gogulla teed up Christopher Fischer on the blueline. Magnus Isaksson scored what proved to be the game-winner when he hit the far upper corner immediately following a faceoff. Alexander Sundström added a security-goal in the third after receiving a nice drop-pass from Nicklas Bergfors.
    Notes: It was Bergfors' (AHL Lowell) first point in the tournament. Alexander Sundström and Magnus Isaksson scored their first tournament goals against Germany. A near-sellout crowd 3.801 watched the game. Sweden has not won against the U.S. in the U20 since 1996.

    Group B

    Finland - Switzerland 4-0 (2-0, 1-0, 1-0)
    30 December 2006, Mora, Att: 1,154, Ref: Ulf Ronnmark, SWE
    1-0 (08:08) Oskar Osala 2 (Lehtonen, Lindgren) PP1
    2-0 (13:39) Oskar Osala 3 (Lindgren) PP1
    3-0 (32:23) Perttu Lindgren 1 (Lehtonen, Seppanen) PP2
    4-0 (59:00) Teemu Laakso 3 (Lindgren) PP2
    FIN 11x2 + 1x10, SUI 12x2, SOG 25:25 (10:10, 8:11, 7:4)

    FIN Rask, Laakso (2), Seppanen (2), Lehtonen - Lindgren (2) - Osala; Leinonen, Kurki, Huhtanen (2) - Komarev (2)- Joensuu; Lehtivuori, Jalvanti, Aaltonen - Enlund (4) -Sandell (12); Haverinen (2), Sopanen, Pöyhönen - Lahti (2) - Korhonen (2).
    SUI: Berra, Schilt, Weber, Burgler (2) - Kellenberger (2)- Simek, Grossmann, Welti, Bonnet - Bykov (6) - Jacquemet (2), Rosi, Mauerer, Friedli (2) - Froidevaux (2) - Augsburger; Morandi (4), Steinmann - Lemm (4) - Lotcher - Sciaroni


    Finland defeated Switzerland 4:0 and set up a group final against Russia on New Year's Eve, while the Swiss' fate hangs on the last game against the Czech Republic. Before the last round of games, Finland has six points (2W-1L) while Switzerland dropped to 1W-2L for three points and they must beat the Czechs on Sunday to reach the playoff round.
    The Finnish top line scored all goals and all of them in power-play. The five-men unit collected ten points on the night. After eight minutes, Oskar Osala scored on a perfect tic-tac-toe power-play which included his linemates Mikko Lehtonen and Perttu Lindgren. Osala got his second power-play goal five minutes later when he jumped on a loose puck following a faceoff and gave goalie Reto Berra no chance with his quick release.
    The game had a somber moment when Swiss defenseman Marco Maurer ran into the boards after a freak collision with a Finland's Tuomas Huhtonen 6.31 into the second period. Maurer lay on the ice for 15 minutes as he was stabilized by medical personal before rolled out on a stretcher. The was taken to the Mora Hospital where he is in stable condition. Maurer was fully conscious and could move his limbs.
    Perttu Lindgren got his third point in the game when he made it 3-0 with a two-men advantage twelve minutes into the second period. That was a carbon copy of Finland's first goal with perfectly executed assists from Mikko Lehtonen and Timo Seppanen. The Swiss were clearly affected by the injury to Maurer as they were not able to focus and create any chances when they enjoyed a two-men advantage for over three minutes at the end of the second and beginning of the third period. The inability to produce anything of value during that span sealed the game. Teemu Laakso scored the final goal in the last minute making it a banner game for the team's first unit.
    Notes: Defenseman Laakso, who had the best plus/minus rating in the tournament with plus-4 prior to the game ended up with plus-8 following the game. Forward Perttu Lindgren collected four points (1+3) and he overtook the lead in tournament scoring with eight points (1+7).

    Czech Republic - Belarus 2-1
    30 December 2006, Leksand, Att: 401, Ref: Robert Richie, USA
    1-0 (17:29) Michael Frolik 1 (Sobotka, Vojta) SH1
    1-1 (38:01) Egor Filin 1 (Abakunchik)
    2-1 (46:38) Tomas Svoboda 2 (Sobotka, Frolik) PP2
    CZE 11x2, BLR 9x2 + 1x5+20, SOG 45:17 (16:6, 15:8, 14:3)

    CZE Pavelec, Kolarz, Kindl, Svoboda (4) - Sobotka (4) - Frolik, Barton (2), Vojta (6), Repik - Hanzal - Kuchejda, Suchy (2). Kudelka, Pospisil - Kana (2) -Voracek, Vantuch, Pozivil. Cerny -Rakos (2) - Kveton.
    BLR (Team: 2) Ronin, Stasenko (25), Shvedov, Abakunchik - Stas- Filin, Korobov, Shumski - Kostitsyn (2) - Shurko - Magdeev (4), Gavrilenok (4), Yaskevich (2), Ilin - Musienko - Stefanovich (4), Korotki, Syrei, Violentiy - Komarov - Voroshilov


    Czech Republic won its first game of the tournament by defeating Belarus 2-1 to stay alive in the competition for a quarterfinal spot. Belarus (1W-3L), who defeated Finland on opening day, is going to the relegation round. The Czechs (1W-2L) must defeat Switzerland on New Year's Eve to reach the playoff round.
    This was a very nervous affair between two teams with their confidence seriously shaken. Michael Frolik's shorthanded goal (1-0) at the end of the first period gave the Czechs a certain sense of relief, but they couldn't capitalize any further on that. There were nine minor penalties called in a chippy second period but Egor Filin took advantage of a moment of five-on-five play to get Belarus the equalizer. Penalties continued to be a factor in the last period, but this time Belarus paid the price. Nikolay Stasenko's match-penalty left the east Europeans shorthanded by two men and Tomas Svoboda could give the Czechs a 2-1-lead with 13 minutes remaining. That proved to be the winner. Despite playing the Czechs tightly over 60 minutes, Belarus were outshot 45-17.

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