World Junior Championship 2019

World Junior Championship 2019: Schedule and Results 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship (2019 WJHC) are the 43rd Ice Hockey World Junior Championship. It began on December 26, 2018, and will end with the gold medal game being played on January 5, 2019. This marks the 13th time that Canada has hosted the IHWJC.

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After Canada had taken the lead early in the second period through Ian Mitchell, it seemed as if there was nothing the Finns could do to equalize. Canadian goaltender Michael DiPietro was sensational in net, stopping everything that came his way for over 59 minutes as the Finnish team outshot its opponent but couldn’t capitalize.

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Then, with less than a minute remaining and a desperate Finland squad pushing forward, an innocuous-looking centering attempt by Eeli Tolvanen led to an improbable game-tying goal as the puck deflected off the net and back to Tolvanen before bouncing off Aleksi Heponiemi’s skate and under DiPietro’s arm. The goal quieted a raucous crowd at Rogers Arena, and set the tone for the overtime period to come.

The 4-on-4 extra frame started off with the same frantic pace that was on display during much of regulation time, and just over a minute in Canada found itself with two great chances to end the game. First, Evan Bouchard charged in alone from the right wing and nearly sent the crowd into a frenzy when his breakaway attempt, but he was tugged from behind while attempting to shoot which led to a penalty shot.

With the game on the line, captain Max Comtois stepped up for the penalty shot but was easily stopped by Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen as he tried to slide the puck under the Finnish goalie’s outstretched right leg.

Despite the setback, the Canadians kept pushing and made it to the verge of scoring through Noah Dobson with less than five minutes remaining. Dobson lined up what appeared to be a surefire one-timed goal but his stick broke on the shot attempt, allowing the Finns to break on the counterattack. A few seconds later the puck was in the back of the Canadian net after Toni Utunen’s wrist shot deflected off Cody Glass’ stick and past DiPietro.

The result sees Canada exit the tournament without a shot at a medal for the first time in 13 World Junior Championships on Canadian soil.

Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from Wednesday’s contest below. For the better part of 60 minutes, Canada led Finland in the World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinals. Then the final seconds happened. Then overtime. Then a penalty shot was missed, a Canadian stick broke, a Finnish stick didn’t, and just like that, Canada was eliminated.

It was shocking. Less shocking perhaps than Switzerland defeating Sweden, but each moment echoed through Twitter all the same.

As overtime approached, tensions mounted.

Blackhawks defenseman prospect Ian Mitchell scored his first goal of the World Junior Championship on Wednesday in Vancouver.

Mitchell jumped into the action and ripped a shot high to the glove side for the opening goal against Finland in the second period in the quarterfinal matchup at Rogers Arena.

Canada couldn’t hold off Finland though as they rallied to win 2-1 in overtime to knock off the reigning tournament champions.

Mitchell, who was drafted in the second round in the 2017 NHL draft by Chicago, had one goal and two assists in five tournament games.Each day throughout the World Junior Championship tournament, Second City Hockey will provide updates on how the Blackhawks’ prospects are performing. For more coverage on the tournament, visit the World Juniors 2019 section on the main page or secondcityhockey.com/world-juniors-2019.

The Blackhawks will have three prospects playing in the semifinals of the World Junior Championships in British Columbia.

Switzerland 2, Sweden 0

Swiss center Philipp Kurashev (2018 fourth) had four shots on net in 19:15 of ice time in the upset win. Kurashev leads all Chicago players with five goals and six points in the tournament.

Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist (’18 first) had three shots in 22:28. Boqvist had three assists and the game-winning overtime goal against the United States in the preliminary round. He’ll report back to the London Knights in the OHL.

Switzerland will face Finland in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.

Finland 2, Canada 1 (OT)

Finnish defenseman Henri Jokiharju (’17 first) had a game-high eight shots on goal as his team knocked off the reigning tournament champions.

Canadian defenseman Ian Mitchell (’17 second) scored the opening goal for Canada in the second period. He had a team-high six shots on goal, and finished the tournament with a goal and two assists.Canadian winger MacKenzie Entwistle (’17 third via trade) had three goals in each of his first three games but was held off the scoresheet in his last two outings.

Entwistle and Mitchell will report back to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL and the University of Denver, respectively.

United States 3, Czech Republic 1

American center Evan Barratt (’17 third) also had three shots on goal. He has one goal in five tournament games.

Czech defenseman Jakub Galvas (’17 fifth) was a minus-1 with one shot on goal. He had a secondary assist in the Czech’s first preliminary game. He will report back to HC Olomouc in Czech Extraliga.

The U.S. will face Russia in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday.Canada was within 46.4 seconds of advancing to the semifinals of the 2019 World Junior Championship.

Instead, the host nation finds itself eliminated from the tournament as an unlikely sequence of events led to Finland claiming a 2-1 overtime victory over the Canadians on Wednesday in Vancouver.

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