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2018 World Junior A Challenge

The 2018 World Junior A Challenge is an international Junior "A" ice hockey tournament organized by Hockey Canada. It is being hosted in Bonnyville, Alberta from December 9–16, 2018, at the R. J. Lalonde Arena . This is the 13th edition of the tournament.

The format of the tournament has been changed from a six team two pool round robin to a five team single pool round robin with teams playing each other once.

TeamsEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia, and United States all return
  • Switzerland is not participating due to the reduction in the number of teams.

Exhibition GamesEdit

  • Russia vs Canada West
  • United States defeated Canada East 3-1
  • Czech Republic vs Bonnyville Pontiacs

Tournament GamesEdit

December 9thEdit

  • Russia defeated Canada East 5-3
  • Canada West defeated United States 2-1 (SO)

December 10thEdit

  • Russia defeated Czech Republic 4-2
  • Canada West defeated Canada East 6-1

December 11thEdit

  • United States defeated Czech Republic 4-2

December 12thEdit

  • United States defeated Canada East 7-3
  • Russia defeated Canada West 3-0

December 13thEdit

  • Czech Republic defeated Canada West 5-4 (SO)

December 14thEdit

  • Russia defeated United States 4-3
  • Czech Republic defeated Canada East 4-2

StandingsEdit

The top four teams in the standings advance to the semifinals

Team GP W OW OL L GF GA Pts
Russia 4 4 0 0 0 16 8 12
United States 4 2 0 1 1 15 11 7
Canada West 4 1 1 1 1 12 10 6
Czech Republic 4 1 1 0 2 13 14 5
Canada East 4 0 0 0 4 9 22 0

Playoff RoundsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

  • Russia defeated Czech Republic 4-1
  • United States defeated Canada West 3-2 (OT)

Bronze Medal GameEdit

  • Canada West defeated Czech Republic 3-1

Gold Medal GameEdit

  • United States defeated Russia 2-0
2018 World Junior A Challenge champions USA
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