2014 World Junior Hockey Championships Quarterfinals Preview

Team USA (3-1-0-0) will face off against Team Russia (2-2-0-0) in a Quarterfinals matchup in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden.

The United States was poised to win Group A going into their final preliminary game against Team Canada. They ended up coming up short, 3-2.

New Jersey Devils prospect Stefan Matteau (Albany Devils/New Jersey Devils) scored in the loss to Canada and continues to impress the Devils brass in the tournament. Riley Barber (Miami University/Washington Capitals) score the other Team USA goal.

USA goalie Jon Gillies (Providence College/Calgary Flames) stopped 21 shots in the losing effort. He is currently 10-1-0 with 3 ties at Providence this season.

Barber landed Player of the Game.

Team USA and Team Russia will play at 6 AM EST and the game will be broadcasted on NHL Network along with being streamed on NHL.com.

There are also 3 other games taking place tomorrow to shape the Semifinal Round to be played on January 4th.

The following records will appear in Win-Loss-Overtime Win-Overtime Loss format.

After winning Group A, Team Canada (3-0-0-1) will be facing Team Switzerland (1-2-1-0) who finished in 4th place in Group B.

Team Czech Republic (1-2-1-0) will take on Team Finland (2-1-0-1).

After sweeping preliminary play in Group B, Team Sweden (4-0-0-0) will play against Team Slovakia (1-3-0-0) who barely avoided the relegation rounds due to a tiebreaking win over Team Germany.

Team Germany (1-3-0-0) and Team Norway (0-4-0-0) will face off in a Best-of-3 series to determine who gets relegated to Division I Group A for next years competition. The first game will take place tomorrow.

Team Denmark (5-0-0-0) won all 5 games in their group to earn their spot in the Top Division for the 2015 Junior Championships.

All stats courtesy of the USA World Junior Official Page and IIHF’s Official Page.

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