World Juniors Final 2018 Live Stream Online,The 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship is the 42nd Ice Hockey World Junior Championship. It is being hosted by the city of Buffalo, New York at the KeyBank Center and HarborCenter Live Stream.
World Juniors Final 2018 Live
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World Juniors 2018 Final Live
Date: Friday, January 5, 2018
Time: 8:00p ET
The dream scenario of a USA-Canada gold-medal game rematch is dead. In fact, the 2018 World Junior Championship has a new favorite.
Sweden announced itself as perhaps the best team in the tournament Thursday with conviction, scoring a 4-2 victory over the defending goal medalists and host American on their home soil. And while Team USA settles for a shot at bronze, the heavily stacked Swedes take aim at their first world juniors gold since 2012.
In front of a sparse semifinal crowd at KeyBank Center, the United State’s glory run came to a halt thanks to poor special teams play and a stellar Filip Gustavsson, who stopped 29 of 31 shots in net for Sweden. In fact, he didn’t allow a goal until Kieffer Bellows broke the shutout with 7:36 remaining.
Brady Tkachuk followed Bellows’ goal to make it 4-2 four minutes later. But Sweden’s three-goal third period, which included back-to-back markers while shorthanded 38 seconds apart, chased starting goalie Joseph Woll and proved too much for the Americans to mount a comeback.
Sweden, the Group B winner, is the only unbeaten team left standing, riding a six-game win streak in which it has outscored opponents 27-11. Anchored by the uber-talented defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, this year’s likely No. 1 over NHL draft pick, and a wealth of other first-round talent, they’ll head into Friday’s gold-medal game as the favorite.
By how much depends on the winner of Canada vs. Czech Republic in the other semifinal meeting.
Sweden is searching for its third world juniors gold medal (1981, 2012). It hasn’t finished in the top three since winning silver in 2014.
As for the U.S., the consolation prize is a disappointing bronze or nothing at all, which would be its first tournament without a medal in three years.
Sporting News had live scoring updates and highlights throughout the game. See how it played out below. (All times Eastern.)
Final score: Sweden 4, United States 2
6:32 — In the end, it was too little, too late for Team USA. Sweden is back in the gold-medal game for the first time since 2014. It will meet the winner of Canada vs. Czech Republic in tomorrow’s finale.
6:22 — GOAL. Well, the U.S. isn’t lying down at least. Brady Tkachuk scores and Sweden’s lead is down to 4-2 with 3:01 remining. Can they make it interesting?
6:15 — GOAL. Team USA shows signs of life. Kieffer Bellows slips away in front and buries a wrister, his seventh goal of the tournament, to cut Sweden’s lead to 4-1 with 7:36 to play.
6:09 — GOALx2. With Linus Lindstrom in the box, Sweden scores back-to-back shorthanded goals 22 seconds apart to open up a 4-0 lead. First Oskar Steen, then Axel Jonsson Fjallby, ending Joseph Woll’s otherwise strong night in net. Jake Oettinger is in for mop-up duty.
Before the game
The United States is just one more victory away from getting a chance to repeat as World Junior champions for the first time in country history. Standing in their way, however, is a semifinal matchup against Sweden at 4 p.m. ET at New Era Field in Buffalo.
Coming into Thursday afternoon’s game, the United States rides into the semifinal match after besting Russia 4-2 on the back of Kieffer Bellows’ pair of goals. The New York Islandersprospect has six goals in the tournament thus far and will likely be a big part of the American’s offensive push.
Also adding a spark on offense is Casey Mittelstadt, whose creativity has been on full display over the course of this tournament.While the United States had just one slip up against Slovakia in the round robin, Sweden will be their biggest test to date. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin has been heralded as the NHL’s next No. 1 overall pick, and his talents should not go understated. On offense, the Swedes boast Alexander Nylander, Elias Pettersson, and Lias Andersson, a trio of talent that should give the Americans fits on offense.
Sweden will face the United States after besting Slovakia 3-2 in the quarterfinals.The winner of this semifinal will have the chance to face the victor of Canada vs. the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championship game, so this should be a good one.