2015 IIHF World Juniors Wrap Up

Posted January 6, 2015

Madison Bowey with the Future Caps Cup at 2014 Development Camp. (Caps Outsider)

The IIHF World Juniors wrapped up yesterday with an exciting finish for both final games. For bronze, the point-leading Sweden, who fell to Russia just one game before, continued to struggle in their game against Slovakia, whose only previous medal came in 1999.

Slovakia showed their dominance and determination to win early on, with two goals in the first five minutes of the game. However, Sweden came back with two goals later in the first to even things up. They went back and forth without a goal until the third, when Pavol Skalicky scored the game winner on the power play, followed by an empty net from Patrik Koys to seal the deal for bronze.

The Canada-Russia final was full of goals, fights, and penalties for both teams. Canada opened scoring twenty three seconds into the game, followed by another goal two minutes later, prompting an early goalie change for Russia. However, the change in net would do little for Russia despite them getting on the board in the first period, as Canada came back to score three more goals in the second before Russia could make a move for a comeback. In the end, the early lead and Canada’s dominance throughout the game gave them enough to pull away with a 5-4 win, earning Canada gold for the first time in six years.

For many hockey fans, Canada vs Russia is a dream match up, both teams being ‘the team to beat’ for so many years, it’s hard to imagine a gold medal game between the two being less than exciting. Thankfully, both teams fought hard until the end buzzer.

While Capitals prospect, Madison Bowey, didn’t register a point in the final game, he adds another gold to the Capitals’ history of Juniors medals.