Age group 16/17,17/18
Men eventsIndividual skills challenge5 team tournament
Women eventsIndividual skills challenge5 team tournament
The boys’ gold medal final between Finland and Russia was 62 seconds away from the final buzzer when the Finns scored to equalise at 1-1. And when a five-minute sudden-death overtime period failed to break the tie, the game went to a thrilling shootout, with the Finns emerging with a 2-1 win.
Ice hockey fans found that the boys’ tournament featured players who appear to have very promising futures.
Kasperi Kapanen from Finland was impressive and relished being in the spotlight. He is the son of former National Hockey League star Sami Kapanen.
Ivan Nikolishin of Russia proved to be a crafty forward with tremendous leadership skills and he too is bound to become a star on the world stage.
The boys’ tournament was highly entertaining and the margin between fourth-placed USA and Youth Games champion Russia was razor-thin.
Austria-Finland 0:3 - Video - Game SummaryRussia -Canada 4:3 - Video - Game SummaryUSA-Austria 7:2 - Game SummaryFinland-Russia - 4:3 - Game SummaryCanada-USA - 5:1 - Game SummaryRussia-Austria - 11:1 Game Summary
Men's Ice Hockey - Medallists
The girls’ final between Sweden and Austria also had some riveting moments. What everyone thought would be an easy match for the Swedes wound up as a much tighter contest. The Swedes won 3-0 but they had to work hard to earn their victory. The Austrians battled hard and played their best game of the Youth Games and in the process raised the profile of girls’ hockey in their home country.
Sweden, with 14 players who won bronze at the World Under-18 championships, was the best team by far. Austria and Germany formed the second tier, while Kazakhastan and Slovakia lagged behind.
Austria-Slovakia 9:0 - Game SummaryGermany-Sweden 0:11 - Game SummaryKazakhstan-Austria 1:8 - Game SummarySlovakia-Germany 0:8 - Game SummarySweden-Kazakhstan 12:0 Game Summary Germany-Austria - 2:5 Game Summary
MedallistsWomen's Ice Hockey - Medalists
This event saw the best 15 male athletes from nations other than those which have qualified to compete in the main ice hockey tournament (excluding Austria who had one male player who had already participated in the team tournament) go up against each other in a series of individual skills tests, including shooting, speed and agility.
The skills competition included edge-of-your seat finals for both the girls and boys. The final was played out in front of 2,000 spectators, and it took until the last skills test to determine the overall winners.
Latvia’s Augusts Valdis Vasilonoks held a slim two-point lead over four other competitors and needed to perform well enough in the puck control challenge to hold off his opponents. He rose to the challenge and claimed gold. He beat Cuvan in the first heat, then in the semi-final came up against Callum Burns. Vasilonoks appeared almost beaten but Burns slipped on the last obstacle, ensuring Latvia would win its first gold as an independent nation at a Winter Olympic event.
Men's Skills Challenge - Medalists
This event saw the best female athletes from nations other than those which have qualified to compete in the main ice hockey tournament (excluding Austria who had one female who had already participated in the team tournament) go up against each other in a series of individual skills tests, including shooting, speed and agility.
Julie Zwarthoed of the Netherlands was in a similar position as Latvia’s Augusts Valdis Vasilonoks going into the puck control challenge and she too won gold.
Women's Skills Challenge - Medalists