The World Junior Hockey Championship always provides its fair share of drama and the 2018 preliminary round was no different.
The opening game featured an upset win for the Czechs over the Russians, while the Slovaks did the same to the US a couple of nights later. We witnessed the first-ever outdoor game at a WJC and also Sweden’s preliminary round win streak extended to 44 games.
Here’s the top 10 performances from the 2018 WJC preliminary round.
10. Kasper Krog (DEN) vs Finland: Krog’s Dane mates were up against it all tournament, and came into the event with the idea of avoiding relegation. Despite a 4-1 setback against the Finns, Krog was brilliant in making 58 saves on 62 shots.
9. Team Sweden: The Swedes have not lost a preliminary round WJC game in 11 years. The streak was severely tested in the final prelim game against the Russians where it came down to the shootout. The combination of Oscar Steen’s marker and Filip Gustavsson’s save on Artur Kayumov ran the streak to 44 straight wins.
8. Adam Fox (USA) vs Finland: Fox played just over 20 minutes in a game that looked to be well in hand for the US, but got a little dicey midway through the third. Goals by Aapeli Rasanen and Eeli Tolvanen brought the Finns even before Fox scored with 1:37 left to cap a three-point night as the US edged Finland 5-4 to take second spot in Group A.