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2014 World Juniors update: Quarterfinal matchups set for Thursday

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 2:41 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
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2014 World Juniors update: Quarterfinal matchups set for Thursday
Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago's first-round draft pick in 2012, led Finland with a pair of assists in their final game of the group stages at the 2014 IIHF U20 World Championship. The quarterfinals are slated for Thursday, with four Blackhawks prospects still in the hunt for World Juniors glory. (Getty Images)

The final day of the group stages produced a few dramatic finishes, including a six-round shootout in the final tilt of 2013. Team Sweden outshot Team Russia 32-25 in a 3-2 victory that kept the host side unbeaten through four games, and they will face Slovakia in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Later, Team USA faced Canada in a tense showdown and was held without a power-play goal (in three chances) for the first time in the competition. The Canadians scored two goals early in the third period to prevail 3-2 and finish at the top of Group A; the Americans finished second and will face Russia in their first elimination game. Meanwhile, Team Finland recovered from a two-goal deficit to tie Switzerland at three goals apiece, ensuring second place in Group B, before falling in six rounds in the shootout. Finland plays the Czech Republic for a place in the semifinals.

Ryan Hartman (USA): Hartman was held without a point for the second straight game, despite registering three shots on goal. Seeing ice time in all game situations, the 2013 first-round pick again demonstrated a physical side to his game.

Vincent Hinostroza (USA): Chicago's 2012 draft selection was relied upon heavily to produce offensive opportunities against Canada, seeing time on the power play as well as double-shifting on the top line (due to an injury). Hinostroza did not register a point in the 3-2 loss.

Robin Norell (SWE): The defensemen helped his team stifle Russia's potent offense, limiting the opposition to just 25 shots on goal. Norell finished the contest with a +1 plus/minus rating and one shot on goal.

Teuvo Teravainen (FIN): Finland's captain added another pair of helpers to his account—one on the opening goal and another on the game-tying goal in the third period—and now shares the tournament lead with seven assists through four games. Teravainen won an incredible 29 of 39 draws in the game and took his team's third and fourth attempts in the shootout, but was denied by the Swiss goaltender both times.