2019 World Juniors Report (Day 4)

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Day 4 can be the turning point in many of the World Juniors tournaments as this is the time when the games get that much harder.

After a few days of teams playing in games that rarely mean a lot, although games that remained dangerous, this is the time when the best of the best begin to play.

When Day 4 hits some of the best young players in the world were on the ice against each other looking to get that positioning.

The importance didn’t stop at the top of the tournament though as those teams who are rarely considered medal favourites get their chances to get those all-important wins.

To stay out of the bottom of the tournament teams often only need one win and that win comes against the team who will eventually finish at the bottom of the group.

These last few games are the chance that these teams have to get their one big win to keep them out of relegation.

Denmark and Switzerland were always the likely teams to sit at the bottom of Group A and they faced off in Day 4 in a game that was going to mean a lot.

Heading into the game it seemed like Denmark was battling uphill as Switzerland had shown that they were ready to compete throughout the tournament.

The Danes took the loss to the Swiss putting them in serious danger of entering relegation as their final game will be against the Czech Republic who have brought in the best team in years.

The loss means that there is a good chance that Denmark stay without a win throughout the tournament and so they prepare to fight for their chance to remain in the top tier.

In Group B the Slovakians were likely going to have to fight with Kazakhstan to remain in the top tier.

They took on a big challenge in Day 4 as they played the Finns in an attempt to surprise everyone and take that important win.

The Finns came out on top continuing their good tournament and looking ahead to their game against the USA on New Year’s

Other teams were taking a different step on Day 4 though as some teams were going to take on another good group in one of few real challenges this year.

The Canadians have had a pretty easy tournament on paper so far as they took on Denmark and Switzerland in their first two games.

The Denmark game was a walkthrough as they beat them 14-0 while the Swiss gave them a bit of a scare although they did take the win 3-2.

Day 4 was going to be the first major test as the Czech Republic had been built up as a real contender this year.hockey-sidebar

It proved to be true as the Canadians got a challenge from the start of the game but began building a lead.

They took over the game after the first period and took another win as they now look ahead to their toughest test against Russia on New Year’s Eve.

The Americans came into Day 4 in a similar situation playing the two lower ranked teams to start their year.

They struggled a bit against Slovakia but took the win and then easily got past Kazakhstan in Day 3.

This was going to be the start of a tough stretch though as Day 4 marked the day they would take on the Swedes.

Sweden was sure to give them a test and once they got through that game their final game would be against the Finns, another challenging group.

The Americans were almost entirely out of this game going down 4-0 early in the third period.

It was the first test and it seemed like it was going to be a massive failure for the USA with Sweden taking over.

The Americans climbed back though scoring four goals in the third period to tie the game only to give up an overtime goal.

The Americans took the loss and Sweden will take the group while the Americans try for second place against the Finns on New Year’s Eve.

The competition is only heating up and the favourites are beginning to emerge with only two days left before the playoffs begin.

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