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Juniorkronorna succeeds

Juniorkronorna succeeds

Sweden wins Four Nations in Prerov

Published 10.11.2014 13:09 GMT-5 | Author Martin Merk
Juniorkronorna succeeds
Sweden’s William Nylander was one of the top players at the Four Nations Tournament in Prerov. Photo: Jana Chytilova / HHOF-IIHF Images
Seven weeks before the start of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship several U20 tournaments were played in Europe.

Sweden succeeded in the most prestigious of the U20 events in the November break at the Four Nations Tournament in Prerov. After defeating host Czech Republic 5-3, the Swedes also beat Finland, 4-2, and Russia, 4-1. The Czechs claimed second place thanks to victories against third-ranked Russia and winless Finland.

The game against the Czechs was the toughest battle as it remained open until the third period to the joy of the 2,070 fans at the rink. The Czechs managed to tie a 2-0 lead but in the third period Niklas Hansson, Mikael Johansson and William Nylander scored three unanswered goals within a span of 105 seconds to clinch the win. “Juniorkronorna” had less trouble in the other games earning a 3-0 lead against Finland before Suomi came close to a comeback attempt in the last period. Against Russia the Swedes even had a 4-0 lead with a pair of goals from Victor Olofsson and Alex Holmstrom after the second period.

Slovakia won another tournament involving teams at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. In Fussen the Slovaks blanked Norway 6-0 before beating host Germany 4-3 in a shootout and finishing off with a 3-2 victory over Switzerland. Germany finished the event in second place before Switzerland and winless Norway. Swiss first-round draft pick Kevin Fiala was the dominating player with seven points (2+5) while Germany’s Andreas Eder was the top goal scorer with five markers.

Denmark, which was promoted to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, had the chance to play the last tournament before going to Canada on home ice but the round-robin competition in Vojens wasn’t a success for the team. The Danes suffered defeats against Latvia (4-2) and Belarus (3-1) before getting their only win against Austria (2-0) to move up to third place on the last day. Latvia won the tournament ahead of Belarus thanks to a 4-2 victory in the head-to-head game on Day 3.

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The Hungarian U20 national team had a joyful event on home ice in Budapest. Although being the lowest-ranked of the four nations in the IIHF’s U20 program, they won the event on home ice. After starting with a 2-1 loss to France the Magyars reacted with victories against Italy (3-1) and Slovenia (4-2) that proved to be enough to win the event. Italy finished second ahead of Slovenia and France.

Poland and Ukraine shared a win and loss each in two exhibition games between the neighbouring countries. For Ukraine, whose hockey activities suffer from the armed conflict in the east of the country, it was the only national team that was active during the November break.

Four Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic
6 Nov.   Prerov (CZE)   Finland v Russia   2-3
6 Nov.   Prerov (CZE)   Czech Rep. v Sweden   3-5
7 Nov.   Prerov (CZE)   Sweden v Finland   4-2
7 Nov.   Prerov (CZE)   Czech Rep. v Russia   2-1
8 Nov.   Prerov (CZE)   Russia v Sweden   1-4
8 Nov.   Prerov (CZE)   Czech Rep. v Finland   3-2 OT
Standings: 1. Sweden 9, 2. Czech Rep. 5, 3. Russia 3, 4. Finland 1.
Four Nations Tournament in Germany
6 Nov.   Fussen (GER)   Norway v Slovakia   0-6
6 Nov.   Fussen (GER)   Germany v Switzerland   5-3
7 Nov.   Fussen (GER)   Switzerland v Norway   5-0
7 Nov.   Fussen (GER)   Germany v Slovakia   3-4 SO
8 Nov.   Fussen (GER)   Slovakia v Switzerland   3-2
8 Nov.   Fussen (GER)   Germany v Norway   3-0
Standings: 1. Slovakia 8, 2. Germany 7, 3. Switzerland 3, 4. Norway 0.
Four Nations Tournament in Denmark
6 Nov.   Vojens (DEN)   Belarus v Austria   3-1
6 Nov.   Vojens (DEN)   Denmark v Latvia   2-4
7 Nov.   Vojens (DEN)   Latvia v Austria   2-3 OT
7 Nov.   Vojens (DEN)   Belarus v Denmark   3-1
8 Nov.   Vojens (DEN)   Denmark v Austria   2-0
8 Nov.   Vojens (DEN)   Belarus v Latvia   2-4
Standings: 1. Latvia 7, 2. Belarus 6, 3. Denmark 3, 4. Austria 2.
Four Nations Tournament in Hungary
6 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   Hungary v France   1-2
6 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   Italy v Slovenia   4-3 OT
7 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   Italy v Hungary   1-3
7 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   France v Slovenia   2-4
8 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   Hungary v Slovenia   4-2
8 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   France v Italy   2-4
Standings: 1. Hungary 6, 2. Italy 5, 3. Slovenia 4, 4. France 3.
Exhibition games in Poland
7 Nov.   Jastrzebie Zdroj (POL)   Poland v Ukraine   5-4
8 Nov.   Jastrzebie Zdroj (POL)   Poland v Ukraine   1-3


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