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The Swiss needed a vote of confidence heading into Tuesday’s IIHF World Junior Championship quarterfinal against Team Canada, but they got the opposite from their head coach.
It’s time to eliminate the pretenders from the contenders at this year’s World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The preliminary round is over. Bring on the playoffs.
Team Canada took care of business in their final World Junior Championship round-robin game and secured the top seed in Pool A as a result.
Team USA managed to hit repeat on Canada on Friday at the IIHF World Junior Championship, and they did it in storybook fashion.
After two games at this year’s World Junior Championships, everything is looking very good for Canada on the ice and in the win column. But the same may not be said of the team’s growing sick infirmary.
It didn’t take long for controversy to find its way onto the ice in Buffalo. Out to avenge their silver medal performance from last year’s IIHF World Junior Championship, Team Canada kicked off their quest for gold with an opening marker that in no way should have stood.
Brigette Lacquette chokes up while thinking about how far her hockey career has come. Four years ago, she came so close to playing for Canada at the Olympics but did not make the final cuts.
Canada’s national women’s team got the best of the U.S. in a six-game series but the wins that really matter will not be earned until February at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
It seemed like there were more people questioning Canada’s world junior roster choices this year than in previous years. For one thing, there doesn’t appear to be as much young star power as players like Cody Glass and Nick Suzuki, both top-15 selections in the 2017 NHL Draft, didn’t make the squad while Owen Tippett, who played seven games with the Florida Panthers to start the season, wasn’t even invited to camp.
Last fall, the thought of Cale Makar suiting up for Team Canada at the World Juniors, even this year, might have seemed far-fetched since he was a relative unknown playing Junior A.
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