Friday, December 29, 2006

2007 World Junior Hockey Championship
Canada v. Germany

Well, things are starting to get interesting in Sweden. A win in today's game will give Canada a bye to the semi-finals, and a guaranteed Top 4 finish — but a victory for Germany puts them in great position to claim that spot as well.

The Germans have been the surprise of the tournament through two games, and by leaping ahead of some of the contenders and, likely, avoiding relegation, it means some other more established hockey power will be sent to the Div. 1 pool next season (to make room for Denmark and Kazakhstan). Team USA, Slovakia and the Czech Republic all are going to be in a dogfight to win some of their remaining games, as the relegation playoff is a lose-one-and-you're-out situation.

Canada's final round-robin game is early Sunday morning against what will be a desperate Slovakian team.

UPDATE Canada wins 3-1, setting up a situation where, if the Americans win their next two games against Sweden and Slovakia, and Sweden defeats Germany on Saturday, the upstart Germans will be playing in the regulation portion of the tournament once again. Still, a remarkable showing.


At 4:17 p.m., December 29, 2006, Blogger Desdemona said...

My bet is that Slovakia and Belarus will be relegated, though it doesn't look good for the Swiss. They could find themselves in a tie for 4th with Belarus.

Please remind me - how does the tournament decide which team is ahead when two are tied for the same amount of points?

One of the most telling games for the US and their future in this tournament will be their New Years Eve game against Sweden, and I don't think that TSN is airing it (though I could be wrong)


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