Hockey fans won’t miss the NHL during the next two weeks. That’s because it’s World Junior Championship time, and those in this region know first-hand how marvelous that tournament can be when the NHL is wasting its time arguing about money.
Armia’s two goals lead Finns to victory The United States now has its back against the wall at the World Junior Championship.
Finland used a three-goal third period to break a tie and beat the Americans 4-1 in pool play at the under-20 event, setting up a critical game for the Americans on Friday against the Czech Republic.
Derek Forbort helped the U.S. win a bronze medal at the World Junior Championship last season.
So, when it came time for the Americans to pick a roster of players to take to camp this season, it’s no surprise that they looked to the 6-foot-5 UND defenseman.
"We in the United States have pro football, basketball, baseball, to split our loyalties. In Canada? What else is there except hockey? Curling, the CFL and polar bears?" columnist Virg Foss writes. "What amazes me is that Canadians are more passionate over their World Junior teams than they are when one of their NHL franchises play for the Stanley Cup."
Brock Nelson returned to the lineup on Thursday night.
That wasn’t the only good news for Team USA.
The Americans cruised past Germany 4-0 in preliminary round play at the World Junior Championship, moving within one game of earning a bye to the semifinals of the medal round.
More than 12,000 people will pack Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Sask., tonight to see something that’s never happened before in the World Junior Championship — a U.S.-Canada final on North American soil (7 p.m., NHL Network).
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