December 31, 2007

2008 World Junior Quarter & Semi Finals Schedule

The Preliminary Round is over for the U-20 Pool A teams. Now the Quarter and Semi Final Rounds are about to be played. Team Sweden of Group A has won all four of it's games so far, sending them to the Semi Finals. Team USA of Group B has also won all four of their games, putting them into the Semi Finals as well. The Quarter Final game between Group B's Russia (3W, 1L) and the Czech Republic (2W, 2L) of Group A will decide who plays Sweden, while USA will face the winner of Group A's Canada (3W, 1L) vs Group B's Finland (1W, 1OTW, 2L). Both Quarter Final games will be played at the Cez Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008.
The teams that didn't do as well in the Preliminary Round will have to play in the Relegation games at Tipsport Arena in Liberec, Czech Republic on Wednesday Jan. 2 and Thursday Jan. 3, 2008. Yes, Relegation can be as bad as it sounds, as the teams with the worst records drop down from Pool A to the lesser Division I for the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship games. The worst teams of the lesser Divisions also drop one level. Of course, the teams who have won the Finals of the Divisions I, II and III this year, move up one level for next year. .

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