2013 IIHF World Junior Championships: Recapping Day 3 in Russia

December 28th, 2012 by Chris Blanchard Leave a reply »
With six games on the docket Friday, the World Junior Championships are hitting their stride. With eight of the 10 teams taking the ice in Ufa, Russia today, fans enjoyed a four course meal of hockey excitement. 

Here's a look at Friday's games:

Game One:

Czech Republic 3 - Finland 1

The Czech Republic recovered brilliantly from their opening loss to Sweden on Wednesday by shocking Group A favorites Finland by a two goal margin. 

Considered the third best team in Group A behind Sweden and Finland upon arriving in Ufa, it seemed unlikely that the Czech Republic would have anything to show for their first two games.

The Czechs' 4-1 loss to Sweden was more or less expected and a similar result seemed to be in the cards for Friday as well. The surprising result makes the Czech Republic a virtual lock to reach the knockout stage as the team will likely need only one win from their next two games, against Switzerland and Latvia. 

The Finns entered the contest with ever climbing expectations. Pre-tournament wins over the USA and Canada made Finland the popular dark horse candidate for gold in Ufa.< ...

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