The quarterfinal round of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played Friday in Montreal and Toronto after Canada, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic won on the final day of preliminary-round games.
The United States (2-1-0-1, eight points), the runner-up in Group A, will open quarterfinal play against Russia (1-1-0-2, five points) at Bell Centre in Montreal at 1 p.m. ET (NHLN-US). Russia, third in Group B, defeated the United States in the quarterfinals at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden.
Sweden (4-0-0-0, 12 points), which rolled through Group B, will face Finland (1-0-1-2, four points) at 3 p.m. ET at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Finland, which beat Germany to finish fourth in Group A, defeated Sweden in the championship game last year.
Slovakia (2-0-0-2, six points) and the Czech Republic (1-1-0-2, five points) will play at 5 p.m. ET at Bell Centre (NHLN-US). The Czech Republic finished second in Group B by beating Russia 4-1 on Wednesday. Slovakia finished third in Group A.
Unbeaten Canada (4-0-0-0, 12 points), the Group A winner, will conclude the quarterfinal round at 8 p.m. ET with a game against Denmark (0-1-2-1, four points) at Air Canada Centre (NHLN-US). Denmark, fourth in Group B, is in the final eight after its first-ever WJC victory, a 4-3 shootout win against Switzerland on Tuesday.