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FTB: A World Juniors upset means an early end for one Leafs prospect

Matthew Knies’ World Juniors come to an abrupt end at the hands and sticks of the Czechs.

United States v Germany: Group B - 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Lawrence Scott/Getty Images

The World Juniors took an unexpected turn last night with the Czech Republic defeating the USA in a dramatic upset, knocking them out of the tournament in a game that featured misconducts and ejections for some very dirty play.

The end result was a 4-2 win that was certainly an exciting moment for the underdogs who ended a seven game losing streak to the USA.

This means that the tournament has come to an unexpectedly early end for the Leafs’ highly-rated prospect Matthew Knies, however it will continue for two more Leafs prospects who also have high potential; Roni Hirvonen and Topi Niemela continue to the semi-finals on the Finnish team, and Hirvonen is clearly playing his top game for Finland.

The four semi-finalists are Canada, Czechia, Sweden, and Finland. The semi-final games will be tomorrow, with the Canadians facing the Czechs at 2:00 p.m. ET and then the Swedes facing the Finns at 8:00 p.m.. Having the Canadians once again play their game in the early afternoon—in Edmonton—instead of at primetime is another scheduling headscratcher, but I’m guessing at this point everyone simply wants this bizarre edition of the tournament to come to an end so they can get ready for the next one which is at the proper time in late-December.

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Our Top 25 Under 25 will continue this morning with #20, and that will be it for the week. We’re taking Friday off to spend a long weekend relaxing on the Kitten Ranch (there will still be an FTB), but we’ll be back to the list on Monday with... a tie? Yup! Our first of two ties on the list this year. At what point is the second tie? You’ll find out soon enough.