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IIHF introduces new format for U18 and U20 tournaments.

Monday, 29.07.2013 / 2:04 PM / News Articles
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IIHF introduces new format for U18 and U20 tournaments.
IIHF introduces new competition format for U18 and U20 tournaments.

For the first time since 2003, the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 and U20 World Championships will have a new competition format. There will be four teams from each group making the playoffs and playing traditional quarter-finals. This means there will no longer be a semi-final bye from the preliminary round winner.

The changes will be implemented for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia (18-28 April) and for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö, Sweden.

The current format had three teams from the five-team preliminary round groups qualify for the playoffs. The winners from each group earned a bye into the semi-finals. The 2nd and 3rd place teams would then play in a quarterfinal round. The 4th and 5th place teams moved to the relegation round.

The new format will see the top four teams from each group qualify for cross-over quarter-final playoffs. The quarter-final round will be played according to the traditional IIHF cross-over format: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, B1 vs. A4, B2 vs. A3.

The losers of the quarter-finals will be ranked according to their preliminary-round placement and records.

The fifth and last placed teams from each group will now play a best-of-three, resulting in the losing team being relegated to Division I.

If the series goes full length, the tournament will play a total of 31 games which is the same number as the old format.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 50 17 23 9 40
B. Little 50 18 20 9 38
B. Wheeler 50 13 23 10 36
D. Byfuglien 50 12 21 8 33
M. Perreault 47 17 14 0 31
M. Frolik 50 10 17 6 27
M. Scheifele 50 7 20 3 27
E. Kane 35 10 12 3 22
A. Lowry 49 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 34 5 9 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 5 2 .932 2.00
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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