World Under-18 Ramblings: Michkov Magic, Lysell’s Engine and U.S. Drama

Tony Ferrari


Photo courtesy of the IIHF


The 2021 World Under-18 Championships are four days in now with four games on the schedule again after a light two-game day on day three. Canada and Finland, the top team in each group after two games, had the night off with others looking to push their way up the standings! Russia took care of business with Matvei Michkov scoring four goals including both a lacrosse goal and a between the legs goal! Sweden started slow but found a way to get by Switzerland with Fabian Lysell being the offensive catalyst. Belarus overwhelmed Latvia with Danila Klimovich potting two more goals. As has been the case in most Group B games, the U.S. and the Czech Republic play a tight game that ended in a shootout. Day four was yet another exciting day at the U18s!


Group A

Sweden 3-1 Switzerland 

The first period was controlled by the Swiss with Carl Lindbom holding down the fort in the Swedish net. Chance after chance, save after save, the Swedes were given a better fate than they probably deserved in the first period as they came out of it with a scoreless tie. It was a solid period by the Swiss as pressured consistently throughout the frame.

The second period began with the Swiss finding the scoreboard less than three minutes