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VSN Presents: S80 World Juniors


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Hello and welcome back to another VSN Presents Article! Today we will recap the S80 World Juniors that has been going on this past week. It was a fun tournament to watch with a lot of young talent and stars in the making. 


A short summary of what the World Juniors is:


Every off-season the VHL hosts a World Juniors tournament for players of 400 TPE and less to compete and show off their talents before entering into the big leagues. This tournament showcases the soon to be faces of the VHL and helps get the player's names out to the public. There are five teams who compete each season: Team Canada, Team USA, Team Europe, Team Asia, and Team World. Players from their respective origins are signed to these teams to play. Each team plays each other twice though round robin play. After the round robin is complete, the fourth and fifth seed play a wildcard game for a playoff spot. Then it's a 1v4 and 2v3 semi finals to decide who will play for Gold and Bronze medals. Hopefully that gives you readers an idea of what's going on, now let's dive in.








Team Canada



Team Canada showed their dominance throughout the entire round robin, only seeing one loss to Team Asia in their first game. Canada tied for first in goals for and lead the tournament with least goals against. S80 5th overall Toronto Reign draft pick Kyle Peace and S80 6th overall Vancouver Wolves draft pick Corey Kitson took charge for Team Canada's scoring, both with 5 goals to show. Kitson also led Team Canada in Points with 13 and tied in assists with left winger Zach Kisslinger II @Kisslinger with 8. 8/13 of Canada's skaters achieved a point per game or more to help Canada run through the round robin. Between the pipes, Anime Protagonist @Jericho and Alex Parise had stunning performances, both having over a 0.935 SV% and less than a 3.0 GAA. Parise led the tournament in SV% with 0.939, and Protagonist led the tournament in GAA with 2.5 GM @ThatsGreissy built a deep and talented roster to land Canada with the first seed.


Team Canada Round Robin Three Stars:


⭐: (D) Corey Kitson @Nykonax

⭐⭐: (G) Alex Parise @Joker_TM

⭐⭐⭐: (LW) Kyle Peace @Peace


Team Europe



Team Europe finished the round robin second seed, two points shy of Team Canada. Europe was also a force throughout only losing 3 games and tied for most goals for. Key contributors to Team Europe's success would be S80 3rd overall Calgary Wrangles draft pick, Saku Kotkakoivu. Kotkakoivu stole the show this tournament and ranked himself as the highest point scorer with 15 points. Other contributors to Team Europe would be S80 12th overall London United draft pick Logain Ablar, tournament goals leader with 7 goals, and S80 8th overall Helsinki Titans draft pick Alessandro Nano, tournament assists leader with 11 assists. Team Europe had the top goal scorer, assist leader, and points leader in the round robin. In net for Team Europe, Oskar Lindbergh @Doomsday held his own starting all 8 games and put up a 0.929 SV% and 2.88 GAA (second in the tournament). GM @Horcrux picked up some true talent and gave Team Europe a deserving second seed heading into the semi-finals.



Team Europe Round Robin Three Stars:


⭐: (C) Saku Kotkakoivu @DollarAndADream

⭐⭐: (RW) Logain Ablar @Kelsier

⭐⭐⭐: (D) Alessandro Nano @leafsman


Team World



Team World was the middle of the pack team ending up with the third seed after 8 games. Team World finished with a 3 - 3 - 2 record and actually led the tournament with most goals against (34). Team World might not have had the depth of Canada and Europe, but they did have some big named talented players to lead them to the semi finals. S80 16th overall D.C. Dragons draft pick Ryan Vidot shined bright for World, leading his team in goals, assists, and points. Vidot also finished second in the tournament in assists (10) and points (14) and finished first in points for defencemen. His partner in crime on the blue line Bob Beach also played a big role, having 4 goals, 6 assists, and 10 points through round robin. You could definitely argue that Team World had the strongest defensive core in this tournament. Centreman Jlloyoid Blloyoiderson led World's forwards in points with 3 goals, 7 assists, and 10 points. The main man in the crease, S80 7th overall Prague Phantoms draft pick David Davis @Josh stood tall for Team World having a 0.913 SV% and 3.81 GAA. Great job @Alexandre on drafting this strong group.


Team World Round Robin Three Stars:


⭐: (D) Ryan Vidot @Enorama

⭐⭐: (D) Bob Beach @Big Bob

⭐⭐⭐: (C) Jlloyoid Blloyoiderson @Cxsquared



Team USA



Team USA had their struggles this tournament and found themselves ranked as the fourth seed one point ahead of Team Asia. With a rough finish in the standings, there were still some big successes to be seen through the players on this roster. S80 first overall Helsinki Titans draft pick Xavier Booberry had a lot of spotlight on him through this tournament with some expectations to match. Even with a losing record, Booberry had a solid 0.931 SV%, just below Team Canada's top goalies. Booberry faced the most shots out of any goaltender in this tournament with 406 shots against (Orion D H Chiester IX had 360). This first overall draft pick has a bright future ahead and will be fun to watch. Gregory Bates and John Baard also had a great tournament, both leading Team USA in points with 9 each. Bates had an impressive 8 assists and Baard had 4 goals. GM @Thunderidge worked with what they had and did a great job choosing this roster.


Team USA Round Robin Three Stars:


⭐: (G) Xavier Booberry @CowboyinAmerica

⭐⭐: (LW) John Baard @Birdman

⭐⭐⭐: (LW) Gregory Bates @Tyler


Team Asia



Team Asia ended with a disappointing round robin finishing at the bottom with the fifth seed. Team Asia did beat Team Canada in their first game and took them to a shootout in the second, so they definitely can compete with the rest of the teams. Asia had a monster blue line with team leaders Rhys Trenton and Tynan Sylvester leading the way with 8 points each. Second pairing S80 10th overall Riga Reign draft pick Hari Singh Nalwa @Dil and Drakon Zabastovka @DarkSpyro also held their own with 7 and 6 points. For the forwards, Yun Chiang led the squad with 2 goals, 6 assists, and 8 points. Chiang will enter the S81 VHL draft this off-season and this tournament should bump his draft stock a lot higher. Between the pipes the solo man Orion D H Chiester IX @Donno100 stood his ground and put up a solid 0.922 SV%. Chiester IX saw a lot of action this tournament and faced the second most shots against with 360. A tough finish for GM @FireballSalad for sure, but great job creating this roster and congrats on your player's success! Good luck to your player in this upcoming draft.


Team Asia Round Robin Three Stars:


⭐: (D) Tynan Sylvester @diamond_ace

⭐⭐: (RW) Yun Chiang @FireballSalad

⭐⭐⭐: (D) Rhys Trenton @DeeGoat





USA_Bar_B8sOxeE.png (4) Team USA vs. Asia_Bar.png (5) Team Asia


The wildcard game of the tournament hosts the fourth and fifth seed to play for a semi final spot. Team USA (fourth seed) and Team Asia (fifth seed) faced off head to head in a win or go home game. Team USA beat Team Asia in both games of round robin play so the underdogs, Team Asia, had some work to do. The first period kicked off in a hurry with Team Asia taking a 3-1 lead. Yun Chiang found himself with a natural hat-trick, scoring all three first period goals for Asia. Austin Towbaker @Domino found the only life for Team USA scoring their lone goal. The tables turned in the second period as Team USA found their legs and potted five goals. A big range of goal scorers contributed with Vinny Detroit @dasboot, Austin Towbaker (second goal of the game), Deke Rike @JCV, Biggie Cheese @a_Ferk, and Max Torq @Steve all finding themselves with a second period goal to put Team USA up 6-4. Hari Singh Nalwa scored Asia's lone goal. Once again the trend continues as Asia took a turn in the goal scoring category to tie the game 6-6. Yun Chiang scored his 4th goal of the match and Hari Singh Nalwa scored the game tying goal for his second of the game. Both teams fought hard through overtime and a second was needed. Hari Singh Nalwa scored the game winning overtime goal one minute into the second overtime. Nalwa completed his hat-trick and sent Team Asia to the semi finals to meet up with first seed Team Canada. Yun Chiang had a 7 point game and Hari Singh Nalwa had a 5 point game. Team Asia outshot Team USA 72 to 32, Xavier Booberry kept USA in this game saving 65 of 72 shots.






Canada_Bar_VSMFkRn.png (1) Team Canada vs. Asia_Bar.png (5) Team Asia


The first game of the semi finals was played by first seed Team Canada and fifth seed Team Asia. The round robin series between these two teams ended up split with one win for each. Team Asia had just recently come off a big upset win against Team USA and was ready to do some damage. Team Asia came out of the gates flying with Arthur Kimura @FBR and Pippo Coca @pippo finding the back of the net for a 2-0 lead after the first period. Team Canada flipped the switch and answered back with four goals in the second period, giving Canada a 4-3 lead. Ottawa Lynx playoff hero Matty Live @Mattylive3k potted two goals, and S80 17th overall Toronto Reign draft pick Armani Calamari found the net for Canada twice as well. Pippo Coca scored Team Asia's single second period goal for their second goal of the game. The third period was quieter with both teams scoreless until Zach Kisslinger II buried the dagger shorthanded to put Canada up 5-3. Canada would end up winning the game 5-3 and move onto the gold medal match, sending Team Asia to play the loser of the Team World vs Team Europe game for the bronze medal.



EU_Bar_jIVXAVW.png (2) Team Europe vs. World_Bar_h6iMoSF.png (3) Team World


The second game of the semi finals was played by second seed Team Europe and third seed Team World. This game would decide who would play Team Canada for the gold medal, or who would play Team Asia for bronze. Like the Canada and Asia matchup, Team Europe and Team World split their round robin series with both teams winning once. Team Europe seemed to be the favourites of this match. The first period got underway with Team Europe scoring three quick goals before the 12 minute mark. Logain Ablar was a sniper during the round robin and once again he showed up in the playoffs scoring two of Europe's first three goals. Zdeno Chara @Agito scored Team Europe's third goal. Team World responded fast, finding the back of the net twice and having Mr Duk @Lefty_S and Jacob Richard @Jacob Richard to thank for it. The second period was a close battle with both teams scoring once each. Nico Pearce @Spartan sniped his first of the game for Team Europe and Bob Beach found twine for Team World to keep them in a one goal game at 4-3. The third period was the deciding factor as Team Europe's Logain Ablar completed his hat-trick as well as Nico Pearce scored his second goal of the game. Team Europe defeated Team World 6-3 and were off to the gold medal game to face Team Canada. Oskar Lindbergh stood on his head, saving 54 of 57 shots and walking away with a 0.947 SV% for Team Europe. Team World would play for bronze against Team Asia.



Bronze Medal Game



World_Bar_h6iMoSF.png (3) Team World vs. Asia_Bar.png (5) Team Asia


The first matchup of the medals games would be for the bronze medal. Team World and Team Asia lost in their semi final games so they would both play for third place. Both teams won a game in their two game round robin series and were now playing for a medal or nothing at all. Similar to Asia's semi final game, Team Asia started off hot against Team World, scoring three unanswered goals in the first. The heroes of the wildcard game, Yun Chiang and Hari Singh Nalwa both potted a goal for Team Asia as well as Pippo Coca. Tynan Sylvester would score another for Team Asia in the second period but Team World took the advantage of the second, scoring two goals right back to make it a 4-2 game. Matt Avens @Mr Bohannan scored both goals for Team World to give them some hope back. The third period got underway with Team Asia continuing the fire power. Pippo Coca scored his second of the game and Arthur Kimura also scored to put Team Asia up 6-2. Team World wasn't done yet though as they scored three more goals from Ryan Vidot, Barry Bonds Jr @Jim Kovtrash, and Robert Wilk @Tomat0 to put the game at a 6-5 Team Asia lead. Team World fought hard and pulled goaltender Juha Jarvinen @Collusion with one minute left. Orion D H Chiester IX didn't let anything past him and helped Team Asia win the bronze medal. 



Gold Medal Game



Canada_Bar_VSMFkRn.png (1) Team Canada vs. EU_Bar_jIVXAVW.png (2) Team Europe


By no surprise, the top two teams of the tournament would meet again to play for the gold medal. Team Canada and Team Europe met twice in the round robin play with Canada taking both games. The championship game was underway and Canada did what they've done all tournament, dominate. Team Canada took a 3-0 lead after the first period with goals scored from Connor Wilson @LeBron Jamezz, Matty Live, and X Man @Xalen11. The second period was a bit more on the brighter side for Europe as Kyosti Karjalainen @UnkemptCL4PTP helped Team Europe score their first of the game. James glove dropper @Jamomayo would answer back quickly for Team Canada to put his team up 4-1. The third period had Team Europe throwing out everything they got. Alessandro Nano scored just four minutes into the period to give some life back to Team Europe and make the game 4-2. Unfortunately with all of Team Europe's efforts, Team Canada was too strong to figure out and the game would end 4-2 in Canada's favour. Alex Parise was a stud in net for Team Canada, saving 39 of 41 shots for a 0.951 SV%. Congratulations to Team Canada on your gold medals! @ThatsGreissy you did an excellent job managing!






🟡 Team Canada 🇨🇦

⚪ Team Europe 🇪🇺

🟤 Team Asia 🌏








Name Goals Name Assists Name Points Name Points Name Points
Logain Ablar 7 Alessandro Nano 11 Saku Kotkakoivu 15 Saku Kotkakoivu 15 Ryan Vidot 14
Saku Kotkakoivu 6 Ryan Vidot 10 Ryan Vidot 14 Logain Ablar 11 Corey Kitson 13
Corey Kitson 5 Saku Kotkakoivu 9 Corey Kitson 13 Jlloyoid Blloyoiderson 10 Alessandro Nano 12
Kyle Peace 5 Corey Kitson 8 Alessandro Nano 12 Armani Calamari 10 Bob Beach 10
Kyosti Karjalainen 5 Zach Kisslinger II 8 Logain Ablar 11 Zach Kisslinger II 10 Flynn Remy 10
Ryan Vidot 4 Gregory Bates 8 Jlloyoid Blloyoiderson 10 Kyle Peace 10 Hulk Hogan 2 9
Bob Beach 4 Jlloyoid Blloyoiderson 7 Armani Calamari 10 Kyosti Karjalainen 10 Tynan Sylvester 8
Flynn Remy 4 Armani Calamari 7 Bob Beach 10 Gregory Bates 9 Sven Eightnine 8
John Baard 4 Sven Eightnine 7 Flynn Remy 10 John Baard 9 X Man 8
Hulk Hogan 2 4 Harkat Mulds 7 Zach Kisslinger II 10 Matty Fire 9 Rhy Trenton 8





WINS   SV %   GAA  
Name W Name SV % Name GAA
Oskar Lindbergh 5 Alex Parise 0.939 Anime Protagonist 2.5
Alex Parise 4 Anime Protagonist 0.936 Oskar Lindbergh 2.88
Anime Protagonist 3 Xavier Booberry 0.931 Alex Parise 2.88
Xavier Booberry 3 Oskar Lindbergh 0.929 Xavier Booberry 3.47
David Davis 3 Orion D H Chiester IX 0.922 Orion D H Chiester IX 3.47
Orion D H Chiester IX 2 David Davis 0.913 David Davis 3.81








Name Goals Name Assists Name Points
Yun Chiang 5 Saku Kotkakoivu 5 Yun Chiang 9
Hari Singh Nalwa 4 Tynan Sylvester 5 Hari Singh Nalwa 8
Pippo Coca 4 Sergey Preobrazhensky 5 Pippo Coca 7
Logain Ablar 3 Hari Singh Nalwa 4 Logain Ablar 5
Matty Live 3 Yun Chiang 4 Saku Kotkakoivu 5
Arthur Kimura 2 Drakon Zabastovka 4 Tynan Sylvester 5
Matt Avens 2 Pippo Coca 3 Sergey Preobrazhensky 5
Armani Calamari 2 Arthur Kimura 3 Arthur Kimura 5
Nico Pearce 2 Florida Man 3 Armani Calamari 4
Austin Towbaker 2 Logain Ablar 2 Nico Pearce 4





WINS   SV %   GAA  
Name W Name SV % Name GAA
Alex Parise 2 Oskar Lindbergh 0.941 Alex Parise 2.5
Orion D H Chiester IX 2 Alex Parise 0.939 Oskar Lindbergh 3.5
Oskar Lindbergh 1 David Davis 0.913 Orion D H Chiester IX 4.58
Xavier Booberry 0 Xavier Booberry 0.903 Xavier Booberry 5
David Davis 0 Orion D H Chiester IX 0.88 David Davis 6

(Goalie playoff stats do not include Team Asia vs. Team World Bronze Medal Game)



Edited by ajwllmsn
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3 minutes ago, FireballSalad said:

You are telling me Chiang was the playoff point leader despite one of his games not being counted in the total. I love it!

I did count the Team Asia vs. Team World game for playoff player stats, but even without it Chiang was still the leader!

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