Wednesday, January 03, 2007

World Junior Hockey Championships: Quarterfinals

The quarterfinals in the World Junior Hockey Chamionships were played on Tuesday. Here are the earlier preliminary round results.

Sweden 5 Czech Republic 1 Jhonas Enroth (Buffalo prospect) played a strong game in goal for Sweden stopping 27 of 28 shots. Sweden's attack was led by two goals from Martin Johansson (undrafted in the NHL) and a two point game from Linus Omark (also undrafted - do these undrafted Swedes mean recent drafts have not uncovered the talent in Sweden?). The Czech goal came from Vladimir Sobotka (Boston prospect). This game was never particularly close. Sweden plays Russia in one semi-final.

USA 6 Finland 3 The Americans broke the game open in the third period (it was 3-3 at one point). The American attack was led by Erik Johnson (St Louis prospect) and Pat Kane (2007 draft eligible) who each put up 3 points and Peter Mueller (Phoenix prospect) who scored the game winner and added an assist. Finland was led by Oskar Osala (Washington prospect) who scored two goals and Mikko Lehtonen (Boston prospect) who added two assists. The Americans will play Canada in the other semi-final.

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