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World Junior Hockey Championship 2023 Results: Quarterfinal Scores and Reaction

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 2, 2023

MONCTON, NB - DECEMBER 21: Luke Hughes#43 of Team USA celebrates with team on first goal  against Sweden in the first period during the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship game at Avenir Centre on December 21, 2022 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo by Dale Preston/Getty Images)
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After a week of preliminary games at the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championships, the stakes got higher Monday with four quarterfinal matchups.

Eight of 10 teams in the competition advanced to the knockout stage after four games, but there is no more room for error with only four teams going through to the next round.

Here is the latest from Halifax and Moncton, Canada with a trip to the semifinals on the line.


Results (Jan. 2)

Sweden def. Finland 3-2

Czechia def. Switzerland 9-1

United States def. Germany 11-1

Canada def. Slovakia 4-3(OT)

Full results via IIHF.com.


Sweden 3, Finland 2

Sweden stunned Finland with two late goals to secure a come-from-behind victory.

After Finland took the lead early in the third period, Leo Carlsson tied the game with under four minutes remaining in regulation. Two minutes later, Victor Stjernborg scored the game-winning goal for Sweden.

IIHF @IIHFHockey

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWEDEN GOAL ๐Ÿšจ<br><br>Leo Carlsson's second goal of the game ties it all up for <a href="https://twitter.com/Trekronorse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Trekronorse</a> with 3 minutes left in the period โŒ›๏ธ<br><br>๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 2-2 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SWEFIN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SWEFIN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> <a href="https://t.co/KG4drdcbG3">pic.twitter.com/KG4drdcbG3</a>

IIHF @IIHFHockey

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWEDEN GOAL ๐Ÿšจ<br><br>Victor Stjernborg with a potential dagger for <a href="https://twitter.com/Trekronorse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Trekronorse</a> in the final minutes of the third period ๐Ÿ—กโŒ›๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ<br><br>๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 2-3 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SWEFIN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SWEFIN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> <a href="https://t.co/TaSMivysL0">pic.twitter.com/TaSMivysL0</a>

The final goal came shorthanded after a high sticking call, but Sweden found a way to come out on top.

The victory came despite Finland seemingly having an advantage for most of the game:

Steven Ellis @SEllisHockey

Sweden has won this game after getting out played for most of this game.<br><br>Leo Carlsson had two goals and Victor Stjernborg scored the shorthanded winner.<br><br>What a wild ending to that game. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a>

Scott Wheeler @scottcwheeler

The Finns, despite outshooting the Swedes 35-20, are out of the World Juniors in the quarters. Sweden is onto the semis.

Chris Peters @chrismpeters

Sweden scores twice in the last three and a half minutes and eliminates Finland. Shots were 35-20 Finland. Those last few minutes from Sweden... wow. Hadn't had a push like that.

The final score is still all that matters as Sweden advances to the semifinals.

Carlsson, a potential first-round pick in the 2023 NHL draft class, scored two goals for Sweden as the team moved one step closer to a medal.


Czechia 9, Switzerland 1

A dominant offensive showing helped Czechia cruise to an easy win over Switzerland.

It took just 22 seconds for Luis Robin to open the scoring for Czechia, and the team's finishing ability was on display throughout the game:

IIHF @IIHFHockey

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ <a href="https://twitter.com/narodnitym?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@narodnitym</a> scores three goals, including a shorthanded one by Marcel Marcel take the lead. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CZESUI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CZESUI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> <a href="https://t.co/7WC2U6af36">pic.twitter.com/7WC2U6af36</a>

IIHF @IIHFHockey

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ <a href="https://twitter.com/Kulda151?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Kulda151</a> AGAIN with his 2nd goal of the game! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CZESUI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CZESUI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/narodnitym?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@narodnitym</a> <a href="https://t.co/ABgEb6GlLT">pic.twitter.com/ABgEb6GlLT</a>

Steven Ellis @SEllisHockey

Czechia leads 7-1 after 40 minutes. Talk about a team on a mission. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a>

Ryan Kennedy @THNRyanKennedy

The scary thing about this Czechia team is that they have everything: great goaltending, difference-makers on defense, high-end skill and guys who are nasty to play against up front

After scoring three goals in the first period and four in the second, the result was never really in doubt. Six different players scored goals, with Buffalo Sabres draft pick Jiri Kulich especially turning heads with two goals and two assists. Marcel Marcel also impressed with two goals and an assist.

Czechia was the only team in the tournament not to lose in regulation during the preliminary round, surprisingly topping Canada in Group A. After a one-sided victory in the quarterfinal, this squad is clearly a favorite for gold.

The team will now face Sweden in the first semifinal on Wednesday.


United States 11, Germany 1

The United States showed no mercy toward Germany as it put 11 goals on the board in a lopsided win.

Logan Cooley netted the first of his three goals at the 3:51 mark of the first period. He added another tally in each of the next two frames.

USA Hockey @usahockey

Logan Cooley with the net-front presence and a hat trick ๐Ÿ‘ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> <a href="https://t.co/hYtun66ADG">pic.twitter.com/hYtun66ADG</a>

USA Hockey @usahockey

And with that, Logan Cooley completes the hat trick!! Can we get some ๐Ÿงข๐Ÿงข๐Ÿงข in the comments for Cools?? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> <a href="https://t.co/7KfyIUdqIh">pic.twitter.com/7KfyIUdqIh</a>

Red Savage and Cutter Gauthier had two goals apiece in the win. Both of Gauthier's came in a five-goal second period for Team USA. The Germans simply had no answer for the Americans' barrage.

Luca Hauf at least denied the U.S. a shutout, which generated quite the reaction from the fans inside Avenir Centre.

Steven Ellis @SEllisHockey

What a shot from Luca Hauf while shorthanded and Germany has a goal. <br><br>Straight over the glove of Andrew Oke. 11-1 with over three minutes to go. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a>

While Cooley led the way for the United States in terms of scoring, he wasn't named the team's player of the game. That honor went to Ryan Ufko, who finished with five assists for a game-high five points.

UMass Hockey @UMassHockey

That's our guy <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanUfko?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RyanUfko</a> ๐Ÿ‘<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NewMass?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NewMass</a> X <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Flagship?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Flagship</a> ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ <a href="https://t.co/byIDAf2SrV">https://t.co/byIDAf2SrV</a> <a href="https://t.co/xrsB1BlqCf">pic.twitter.com/xrsB1BlqCf</a>

Germany had the worst goal differential (minus-15) among the eight quarterfinalists, so a comfortable win was the expectation for the U.S. The way in which it thoroughly dominated the proceedings bodes well for the next round, though.


Canada 4, Slovakia 3(OT)

The reigning champion remains alive as Canada survived an overtime thriller against Slovakia.

The host country was nursing a 3-2 lead in the third period when Filip Mesar found Libor Nemec in front of the net for the tying goal.

IIHF @IIHFHockey

WE'VE GOT A GAME HERE IN HALIFAX!!!<br><br>๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Libor Nemec ties things up. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CANSVK?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CANSVK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HockeySlovakia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HockeySlovakia</a> <a href="https://t.co/4z9po5pZ51">pic.twitter.com/4z9po5pZ51</a>

The score remained deadlocked for the final 8:35, forcing the extra period.

Luckily for the fans at Scotiabank Centre, they didn't have to wait long to celebrate the breakthrough. Connor Bedard weaved through the Slovakian defense and slotted the puck past goaltender Adam Gajan.

IIHF @IIHFHockey

The goal โžก๏ธ The entire celebration<br><br>Connor Bedard is the overtime hero and sends <a href="https://twitter.com/HockeyCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HockeyCanada</a> to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> semi-finals! <a href="https://t.co/DcPttB8dZ9">pic.twitter.com/DcPttB8dZ9</a>

It was Bedard's second goal of the night. He bookended Canada's offensive output, scoring the game winner and his team's opener in the first period.

Now, the stage is set for the matchup everybody wanted to see as Canada and the United States will cross paths in the semifinal.