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U.S. Schedule for 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Set

08/03/2018, 8:00am EDT
By USAHockey.com

U.S. Opens 2019 IIHF WJC Play in Victoria, B.C., Against Slovakia on Dec. 26

The International Ice Hockey Federation has announced the schedule for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada. The U.S., which has claimed medals (gold - 2017, bronze - 2016, 2018) in three-straight IIHF World Junior Championships for the first time, was placed in Group B alongside Finland, Kazakhstan, Slovakia and Sweden.

Team USA will begin preliminary-round play against Slovakia on Dec. 26 and have a day off before back-to-back games against Kazakhstan on Dec. 28 and Sweden on Dec. 29. The U.S. will then close its preliminary-round action against Finland on Dec. 31. All four of Team USA's preliminary round games will be played at Save On Memorial Centre in Victoria.

The quarterfinal round is scheduled for Jan. 2 and the semifinals will take place on Jan. 4. The bronze-medal and gold-medal games will be held on Jan. 5. All semifinal and medal games will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

NHL Network is the exclusive U.S. TV home of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

2019 U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (Local) Time (ET)
Wed., Dec. 26 Slovakia Save On Memorial Centre 3:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 28 Kazakhstan Save On Memorial Centre 7:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 29 Sweden Save On Memorial Centre 7:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 31 Finland Save On Memorial Centre 7:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 2 Quarterfinals TBD TBD TBD
Fri., Jan. 4 Semifinals Rogers Arena TBD TBD
Sat., Jan. 5 Bronze Medal Game Rogers Arena 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game Rogers Arena 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

2019 Groups

Group A Group B
Canada Sweden
Czech Republic United States
Russia Finland
Switzerland Slovakia
Denmark Kazakhstan

Finland

Last Meeting: The U.S. and Finland met a year ago at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the U.S. skated to a narrow 5-4 victory to close preliminary round play. 

World Junior History: The two teams, which have accounted for four of the last six gold medals (U.S. 2013, 2017; Finland 2014, 2016) in the tournament, have met 32 times previously. All-time, the U.S. is 12-3-0-16-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) against the Fins in tournament play . Complete series game-by-game results

Kazakhstan

Last Meeting: The U.S. and Slovakia met in the preliminary round of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the U.S. claimed a 12-0 shutout.

World Junior Championship: This will be just the fifth meeting between the two teams. The U.S. holds a perfect 4-0 record, scoring a total of 34 goals while surrounding just four. Complete series game-by-game results

Slovakia

Last Meeting: The U.S. and Slovakia met in the preliminary round of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the U.S. fell, 2-3.

World Junior Championship: This will be the 17th meeting between the two teams. The U.S. holds a 12-0-0-4-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) advantage. Complete series game-by-game results

Sweden

Last Meeting: A year ago, the U.S. and Sweden met in the semifinal of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship where Sweden claimed a 4-2 victory. 

World Junior History: The two teams have met 32 times in tournament play as the U.S., which has never lost to Sweden in a World Junior Championship medal game (5-0), holds a 13-1-0-16-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record. Complete series game-by-game results


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