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WJC UPDATE: To The Tournament Round

All nine Flyers prospects still in the hunt for gold as Quarterfinal begin

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

After four games of the round robin portion of the tournament, all nine Flyers prospects are through to the tournament round and the bracket is set for the quarterfinal matchups to begin on Monday.

QUARTERFINAL BRACKET #1
Denmark vs. Russia, 1:00 p.m. ET
USA vs. Switzerland, 5:30 p.m. ET
* winners of each will face each other

QUARTERFINAL BRACKET #2
Sweden vs. Slovakia, 3:30 p.m. ET
Canada vs. Czech Republic, 8 p.m. ET
* winners of each will face each other

Goaltender Felix Sandstrom and defenseman David Bernhardt were the winners of Group A, going a perfect 4-0-0 in the preliminary round. Sandstrom posted a 3-0-0 mark to go along with a tournament leading 1.33 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.

Bernhardt, the Flyers 199th selection in the seventh round of the 2016 Draft, has also had a good tournament, posting three assists in the four games, while firing 11 shots on goal, but is tied for second on the team and all players in the tournament with a plus-minus rating of +8.

At the top of the other group (Group B) is the United States, which also went a perfect 4-0-0 including wins over Russia and Canada. Tanner Laczynski appeared in all four games, recording a goal and an assist, while also playing a key role in the face-off circle operating at just over 64 percent, winning 25 of 39 draws.

Team Canada finished just below the US in Group B, going 3-0-1, but led the tournament with 21 goals scored, allowing just eight to the opposition.

Goaltender Carter Hart went 2-0-0 with wins over Russia and Slovakia, while posting a 2.50 GAA and .881 save percentage, stopping 37 of 42 shots.

Defenseman Philippe Myers appeared in all four games for Canada and had been on the top pairing where he recorded three assists and logged close to 19 minutes of ice time per-game before leaving in the second period of the game against the US after a hit from forward Luke Kunin, who received a five minute major and match penalty.

Canadian head coach Dominique Ducharme announced afterwards that Myers will not play in the quarterfinals due to his injury.

Having a stand out tournament is Russia's Mikhail Vorobyov, who is receiving top line minutes and has posted six points (all assists) in four games. His six assists are tied for the tournament lead among all players, while his plus-minus rating of +4 is tied for the team lead.

One of the few 18-year-olds on the squad, German Rubtsov has seen an average of just over 12 minutes of ice time in the tournament, but has gone scoreless thus far.

Facing a total of 80 shots through just two games of the tournament is goaltending prospect Matej Tomek from Slovakia. He posted a .912 save percentage and 3.50 GAA, stopping 73 of the 80 shots in two games, while starter Adam Huska also has 3.50 GAA, but save percentage of .897 in his two outings against Canada and Latvia.

Appearing in his third World Junior Tournament, David Kase from the Czech Republic will take on Canada in the quarterfinals. Kase is once again serving as an alternate captain for his country and has two points (1g-1a) in four games of the round robin.

The Flyers have had a prospect earn at least a silver medal in each of the last five tournaments with two winning gold in 2015 (Sam Morin, Canada) and 2013 (Shayne Gostisbehere - USA).

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