2017 IIHF World U18 Championships

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2017 IIHF World U18 Championship
2017 IIHF World U18 Championships.png
Tournament details
Host country Slovakia
Dates13 – 23 April 2017
Teams10
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg United States (10th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored196 (6.32 per match)
Attendance73,690 (2,377 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Finland Kristian Vesalainen
(13 points)
MVPFinland Kristian Vesalainen
2016
2018

The 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship was the 19th IIHF World U18 Championship and was hosted by Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia. The tournament was played from 13 to 23 April 2017. Finland entered the tournament as the defending champions and once again advanced to the final, but this time they lost to the United States.

Top Division[edit]

All times are local. (Central European Summer TimeUTC+02:00)

Preliminary round[edit]

The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advance to the quarterfinals, while the last placed team from both groups plays a relegation round in a best of three format to determine the relegated team.[1]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Finland 4 4 0 0 0 23 10 +13 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  Canada 4 2 1 0 1 18 13 +5 8
3  Slovakia 4 2 0 1 1 13 10 +3 7
4   Switzerland 4 1 0 0 3 9 14 −5 3
5  Latvia 4 0 0 0 4 3 19 −16 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF.com
13 April 2017
15:30
Latvia 1–4
(1–1, 0–2, 0–1)
 CanadaPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 1,435
13 April 2017
19:30
Slovakia 4–5
(0–1, 4–3, 0–1)
 FinlandPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 3,935
14 April 2017
19:30
Switzerland  4–0
(2–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 LatviaPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 1,210
15 April 2017
15:30
Finland 5–1
(2–0, 2–0, 1–1)
  SwitzerlandPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 1,962
15 April 2017
19:30
Canada 4–3 OT
(3–1, 0–1, 0–1)
OT: (1–0)
 SlovakiaPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 4,318
16 April 2017
19:30
Latvia 2–7
(1–2, 1–3, 0–2)
 FinlandPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 1,116
17 April 2017
15:30
Canada 7–3
(2–0, 1–2, 4–1)
  SwitzerlandPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 1,562
17 April 2017
19:30
Slovakia 4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 LatviaPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 4,496
18 April 2017
15:30
Finland 6–3
(1–1, 3–1, 2–0)
 CanadaPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 2,201
18 April 2017
19:30
Switzerland  1–2
(0–0, 1–1, 0–1)
 SlovakiaPoprad Ice Stadium, Poprad
Attendance: 4,496

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 4 4 0 0 0 22 7 +15 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  Russia 4 2 1 0 1 16 11 +5 8
3  Sweden 4 2 0 0 2 8 12 −4 6
4  Czech Republic 4 1 0 1 2 15 17 −2 4
5  Belarus 4 0 0 0 4 7 21 −14 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF.com
13 April 2017
15:30
Belarus 0–7
(0–0, 0–5, 0–2)
 United StatesSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 567
13 April 2017
19:30
Russia 3–1
(0–1, 0–0, 3–0)
 SwedenSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 2,350
14 April 2017
19:30
Czech Republic 7–4
(2–1, 4–1, 1–2)
 BelarusSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 2,231
15 April 2017
15:30
United States 5–4
(0–1, 3–0, 2–3)
 RussiaSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 3,503
15 April 2017
19:30
Sweden 3–2
(1–0, 1–1, 1–1)
 Czech RepublicSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 3,126
16 April 2017
19:30
Belarus 2–3
(1–2, 1–0, 0–1)
 SwedenSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 1,503
17 April 2017
15:30
United States 5–2
(2–1, 2–1, 1–0)
 Czech RepublicSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 3,856
17 April 2017
19:30
Russia 4–1
(0–0, 2–1, 2–0)
 BelarusSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 1,123
18 April 2017
15:30
Sweden 1–5
(0–2, 1–1, 0–2)
 United StatesSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 2,354
18 April 2017
19:30
Czech Republic 4–5 OT
(1–1, 1–1, 2–2)
OT: (0–1)
 RussiaSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 2,764

Relegation round[edit]

20 April 2017
11:30
Belarus 2–0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 LatviaSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 356
21 April 2017
17:30
Latvia 3–2
(1–0, 1–1, 1–1)
 BelarusSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 309
23 April 2017
13:30
Belarus 3–1
(2–0, 0–0, 1–1)
 LatviaSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 131

Playoff round[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  1A  Finland 6  
4B  Czech Republic 5  
  1A  Finland 2  
  2B  Russia 1  
2B  Russia 3 Final
  3A  Slovakia 2  
    1A  Finland 2
  1B  United States 4
  1B  United States 4  
4A   Switzerland 2  
  1B  United States 4 Bronze medal game
  3B  Sweden 3  
2A  Canada 3 2B  Russia 3
  3B  Sweden 7   3B  Sweden 0

Quarterfinals[edit]

20 April 2017
13:30
Finland 6–5 OT
(4–1, 1–3, 0–1)
OT: (1–0)
 Czech RepublicPoprad Ice Stadium Poprad
Attendance: 1,194
20 April 2017
15:30
Canada 3–7
(0–1, 2–3, 1–3)
 SwedenSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 2,259
20 April 2017
17:30
Russia 3–2 OT
(1–0, 0–2, 1–0)
OT: (1–0)
 SlovakiaPoprad Ice Stadium Poprad
Attendance: 4,496
20 April 2017
19:30
United States 4–2
(1–0, 1–2, 2–0)
  SwitzerlandSpiš Aréna, Spišská Nová Ves
Attendance: 2,342

Semifinals[edit]

22 April 2017
15:30
Finland 2–1 OT
(0–0, 1–0, 0–1)
OT: (1–0)
 RussiaPoprad Ice Stadium Poprad
Attendance: 2,936
22 April 2017
19:30
United States 4–3 OT
(1–0, 1–1, 1–2)
OT: (1–0)
 SwedenPoprad Ice Stadium Poprad
Attendance: 2,732

Bronze medal game[edit]

23 April 2017
15:30
Russia 3–0
(1–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 SwedenPoprad Ice Stadium Poprad
Attendance: 2,923

Final[edit]

23 April 2017
19:30
United States 4–2
(2–0, 2–1, 0–1)
 FinlandPoprad Ice Stadium Poprad
Attendance: 3,904

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top ten skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Finland Kristian Vesalainen 7 6 7 13 +5 8
Finland Miro Heiskanen 7 2 10 12 +8 0
Russia Ivan Chekhovich 7 5 4 9 +3 4
Russia Andrei Svechnikov 7 4 5 9 +3 10
Finland Jesse Ylönen 7 4 5 9 +6 0
United States Sean Dhooghe 7 3 6 9 +8 2
Finland Joni Ikonen 7 4 4 8 +4 8
United States Grant Mismash 7 3 5 8 +4 10
Canada MacKenzie Entwistle 5 4 3 7 +1 6
Finland Aarne Talvitie 7 4 3 7 +1 6

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Source: IIHF.com

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

Player TOI SA GA GAA Sv% SO
Russia Maxim Zhukov 319:19 189 14 2.63 92.59 0
United States Dylan St. Cyr 429:39 177 14 1.96 92.09 1
Latvia Niklavs Rauza 316:49 193 17 3.22 91.19 0
Belarus Andrei Grischenko 416:38 243 23 3.31 90.53 1
Switzerland Akira Schmid 153:16 92 9 3.52 90.22 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF.com

Tournament awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player

All-star team

Source: IIHF.com

IIHF best player awards

Source: IIHF.com

Final standings[edit]