Russia requires one more win to catch its ninth medal in the previous 10 world juniors. Completing in a tight Group B, Russia needed a win over Germany in the preliminary-round finale to prevent a trip to the relegation round. Re-seeding for semis as we talked about last night. In previous events a bracket format was embraced with the matchups all the method through the medal round pre-determined based on final group standings.
Reigning gold medallist Finland is off to the semifinals at the world junior hockey champion after beating the United States 1-0 on Thursday.