The 2021 World Junior Championship medal round is officially here.
After finishing at the top of Group B, the United States enters the quarterfinals of the tournament as the second seed and will face fourth-placed in Group A, Slovakia. Last year, the Americans were eliminated in this first round of medals by Finland; eight players return from that team determined not to repeat history.
Coach Nate Leaman would also like to keep the ghosts locked up; he was an assistant coach on the 2009 team that was defeated by Slovakia in the quarterfinals. Some recognizable names on that team: 2020 Stanley Cup champions Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan McDonagh.
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Another member of that ’09 team was James van Remedy, whom Trevor Zebras tied for third on America’s youth would race points list on New Year’s Eve when he scored three against Sweden. Zebras and now NHLer van Remedy each have 22 points, and Zebras is at the top of the 2021 standings with 13.
Slovakia won just one game in the preliminary round, a 1-0 screech over Switzerland to open the tournament. It held Canada to three goals in a loss as it obstructed the middle, blocked an exorbitant number of shots and thwarted the Canadians’ high-powered offense.
Here’s how to watch the 2021 IIHF World Youth World Cup quarterfinal meeting between the U SA and Slovakia.
How to watch U SA vs Slovakia
- Television channel (Canada): T SN
- Live Stream (Canada): T SN live
- Television channel (U SA): NHL Network
- Live Stream (U S): both (7-day free trial)
United States vs. Slovakia: When did the puck fall?
- Date: Saturday january 2
- Time: 10:30 pm ET
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Which teams are in the 2021 World Junior Championships?
Ten teams participate, divided into two groups of five.
|Group A||B Group|
Full schedule of the 2021 World Junior Championships
(All the eastern time)
|SATURDAY JAN. 2|
|QF: Russia vs. Germany||Non||T SN, NHL|
|QF: Finland vs Sweden||3:30 pm||T SN, NHL|
|QF: Canada vs. Czech Republic||7 pm||T SN, NHL|
|QF: United States vs. Slovakia||10:30 pm||T SN, NHL|
|MONDAY JAN. 4|
|Semifinal||6 pm||T SN, NHL|
|Semifinal||9:30 pm||T SN, NHL|
|TUE SDAY JAN. 5|
|Bronze medal game||5:30 pm||T SN, NHL|
|Gold medal game||9:30 pm||T SN, NHL|
Who has won the IIHF World Junior Championships in the last 10 years?
Which countries have won the most medals at the World Junior Championships?
|Czech Republic +||2||5||7||14|
* Includes medals won as Soviet Union and CI S
+ Includes medals earned as Czechoslovakia
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.