IIHF World Championship 2016: semifinals

Eight teams have been reduced to four after the quarterfinals in the IIHF World Ice Hockey World Championship 2016. In this post we write about the semifinals and the results from the quarterfinals.

Semifinals in the 2016 IIHF World Championship

USA – Canada

Comment: A classic all-North American showdown. Canada has the most talented team when comparing player by player, but team USA has a strong collective and are known to be able to execute a miracle every now and then.

Finland – Russia

Comment: Another classic match-up. Finland have a good record of defeating Russia in play-off games while Russia’s at home record in the World Championships/Olympic games is not great.

Results from the quarterfinals

Czech Republic 1-2 USA (after shootout)

Comment: Czech Republic made an excellent performance in the preliminary round, winning group A. However, against USA in the play offs, it was game over after the shootout. USA played an efficient and disciplined game. Auston Matthews became the big hero of the day with his equalizing 1-1 goal as well as deciding the shootout with his second of the game.

Finland 5-1 Denmark

Comment: Denmark stood up against Finland for a while, but then the ”Lions” put the pedal to the metal. Any other result would have been the biggest surprise of the tournament. However, Danish hockey has taken some major steps forward and this year they had an entire line with NHL players.

Canada 6-0 Sweden

Comment: For some reason, many players from the NHL turned down the Swedish national team this tournament. The result was a major defeat against a Canadian team that was better everywhere on the ice. Sweden is dependent on getting their best players to the World Championships in order to fight for the medals, and this year, the Three Crowns were not even close.

Russia 4-1 Germany

Comment: Germany actually got the 1-0 lead against the host nation. Then, the Russians did like the Finns, stepping up their game and winning comfortably.

IIHF World Championship 2016: quarterfinals

The preliminary round of The 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship is finished and so is the schedule for the quarterfinals.

Team – Points

Group A:

Czech Republic 18p
Russia 18p
Sweden 13p
Denmark 11p

Norway 8p
Switzerland 8p
Latvia 6p
Kazakstan 2p

Comment: Czech Republic has done a great preliminary round with victories against the toughest opponents, Sweden and Russia. The host nation, Russia, defeated Sweden in the last round and thereby does not have to face Canada or Finland in the quarterfinal. Two nordic teams from group A reaches the play offs!

Group B:

Finland 21p
Canada 18p
Germany 13p
USA 10p

Slovakia 8p
Belarus 6p
France 5p
Hungary 3p

Comment: Finland defeated Canada in the last round and thereby wins the group. Other than that, Canada has gone undefeated through group B. Germany is making progress in the IIHF Worlds and is rewarded with facing the host nation in the quarterfinal.

2016 Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinals

Sweden – Canada

Comment: It is hard to see how Sweden’s Three Crowns should defeat Team Canada this year. Sweden has had a lot of players turning down playing in the national team because of the World Cup later this year. Although we still remember the shootout in the 2013 quarterfinal when Sweden later won the gold.

Finland – Denmark

Comment: Denmark’s journey ends here. Finland is one of the favourites to winning the gold this year.

Russia – Germany

Comment: Russia should simply be too good for Germany, however, they have failed to convert at home ice before and their opponents have nothing to lose.

Czech Republic – USA

Comment: This matchup is hard to predict. Czech Republic are favourites thanks to a great preliminary round. However, it is hard to assess Team USA; they are always a threat.