WFC U19

Czech Republic and Sweden to U19 WFC Final | Recap

Sweden's Emil Ruud cheers after yet another goal against Finland (Photo: Adam Troy)

Finland, the reigning U19 WFC champion, got kicked out of the tournament by Sweden. The other semifinal went between the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Semifinals

Finland – Sweden 2-8
The arch enemies met once again, just like in 2017 when this game was the final match of the tournament. This time, Finland and Sweden met already in the semifinals, due to Sweden’s surprising loss against the Czech Republic earlier on. To many, the Finns were favorited, but Sweden humiliated the team with eight goals in a row. Only in the final minutes, Finland managed to find the net, but it was far too late. Sweden moves on to the final, while Finland has to battle for bronze.

Czech Republic – Switzerland 9-4
It’s been a memorable tournament for the Czech Republic so far, and that is with the final still left to play. The team made it to the final by beating Switzerland in the semis, mostly thanks to a superb first period. Captain Josef Juha helped his team by scoring twice in the first period, that would end in 4-0. Five of the thirteen goals were scored in powerplay, mostly thanks to two 5-min penalties that were awarded once to both teams. The Czechs face Sweden once again, while Switzerland meets Finland in the bronze final.

Ranking games

Latvia – Slovakia 6-5
The battle for fifth place went between Latvia and Slovakia. Both teams won two games so far and lost one. Slovakia got into troubles right away as their opponent took a 3-0 lead within five minutes. This gap stayed like that up till the final minutes of the game, when the score was 6-3. The Slovaks gave everything they had and managed to score two more, but the final goal (6-5) was made too late, as after it, there were only two seconds left.

Denmark – Norway 6-4
Norway moves back to division B after losing the relegation battle against Denmark. Denmark took a 4-0 lead before Norway managed to score its first goal. When at 47:16 Denmark scored 6-1, the game seemed to be over, but Norway’s Frederik Nilsen scored a hattrick in less than a minute. However, it was too late and after one tournament in division A, Norway falls down to B again. Denmark ends up at seventh place.

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