As we reach a week of World Junior action, we also begin our medal round. All Jets prospects and their teams were in action today.
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Four Quarterfinals and a Relegation match took place today, and they were all packed with action.
Czech Republic def. Finland 4-3 (SO)
Canada def. Switzerland 8-2
Sweden def. Slovakia 3-2
USA def. Russia 4-2
Denmark def. Belarus 5-4 (Denmark leads best-of-three Relegation Series 1-0)
After showcasing his best offensive showing of the tournament on New Years Eve, Kristian Vesalainen followed that up with a 3-point afternoon against the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, his efforts were in a losing cause, as Finland was eliminated by the Czech Republic. Vesalainen finished his tournament with 6-points (2G, 4A).
Samberg and Team USA defeated Russia to advance to the Semifinals against Sweden. In 20:44 of ice-time, Samberg recorded 2 assists and one shot on goal. Samberg heads into the Semifinal carrying a 1G, 2A stat-line. He is now the only Jets prospect remaining in the tournament
Berdin was still on press-box duty as the Americans defeated them 5-4. Russia’s tournament is over, and unfortunately didn’t see any game action throughout the entire tournament.
(1A) Canada v. Czech Republic (2B)
(1B) Sweden v. United States (2A)