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The 1978 IIHF European U18 Championship' was the eleventh playing of the IIHF European Junior Championships. This year's tournaments offered spectacular finishes in both Group A and Group B. In Group B's championship game, the Italians led with three minutes to play before the French tied it at two. Overtime was played in two five minute halves, both teams scored once, and finally team Italy won in a shootout.[1]

As great as that was, it still did not compare to the drama that Alpo Suhonen's Finnish team provided in winning Group A. Coming into the final game on January 2nd in Helsinki, both Finland and the USSR had won all four previous games. Additionally, in the games that counted in the round robin final, they had both won by a combined total of eight to three. Coming into their last game, since a tie could not be settled by any rule, they would have to play overtime. It was decided that if there was a tie, they would play one full period, and then the second period (if still needed) would be sudden death.[2]" Tom Ratschunas, writing for "Total Hockey", stated that, "The overtime stage of the game with the Soviets is still the mother of all extended playing time in Finnish hockey."[3] The Finns tied the game at three with just a few minutes left in regulation. Twice they tied it up in the first overtime, the second goal coming with just twenty seconds left. Just one minute and forty-two seconds into the second overtime, Jari Kurri scored on Dmitri Saprykhin to make the hosts victorious.[4] An interesting side note to the Finnish triumph was that they played without their top forward, Reijo Ruotsalainen because he was chosen to play in the World Juniors, which were unfortunately played at the same time in Montreal.

Group A Edit

Played in Helsinki and Vantaa Finland from December 27 1977, to January 2 1978.

First round Edit

Group 1
Team FIN SWE SUI NOR GF/GA Points
1. Flag of Finland Finland 2:1 10:7 11:1 23:09 6
2. Flag of Sweden Sweden 1:2 7:2 14:0 22:04 4
3. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 7:10 2:7 6:5 15:22 2
4. Flag of Norway Norway 1:11 0:14 5:6 06:31 0
Group 2
Team URS TCH POL FRG GF/GA Points
1. Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 3:0 8:1 13:1 25:02 6
2. Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 0:3 8:2 13:1 21:06 4
3. Flag of Poland Poland 1:8 2:8 5:3 08:19 2
4. Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany 1:13 1:13 3:5 05:32 0

Final round Edit

Championship round
Team FIN URS SWE TCH GF/GA Points
1. Flag of Finland Finland 6:5 2o.t. (2:1) 6:2 14:08 6
2. Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 5:6 2o.t. 5:3 (3:0) 13:09 4
3. Flag of Sweden Sweden (1:2) 3:5 4:2 08:09 2
4. Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 2:6 (0:3) 2:4 04:13 0

Final Game SummaryEdit

January 2, 1979 Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union 5 – 6 2ot
(2–1, 1–1, 0–1, 2-2, 0-1)
Flag of Finland Finland Helsinki
Attendance: 7604
Placing round
Team POL SUI FRG NOR GF/GA Points
1. Flag of Poland Poland 4:3 (5:3) 6:3 15:09 6
2. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 3:4 10:7 (6:5) 19:16 4
3. Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany (3:5) 7:10 2:1 12:16 2
4. Flag of Norway Norway 3:6 (5:6) 1:2 09:14 0

Norway was relegated to Group B for 1979.

Tournament AwardsEdit


Group B Edit

Played from March 1-5, 1978.

First round Edit

Group 1

Played in Den Bosch Netherlands.

Team ITA YUG NED DEN GF/GA Points
1. Flag of Italy Italy 3:2 5:4 6:7 14:13 4
2. Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 2:3 4:2 3:1 09:06 4
3. Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 4:5 2:4 2:0 08:09 2
4. Flag of Denmark Denmark 7:6 1:3 0:2 08:11 2
Group 2

Played in Deurne Belgium

Team FRA ROM AUT BEL GF/GA Points
1. Flag of France France 4:4 6:1 10:1 20:08 5
2. Flag of Romania Romania 4:4 5:5 12:1 21:10 4
3. Flag of Austria Austria 1:6 5:5 16:0 22:11 3
4. Flag of Belgium Belgium 1:10 1:12 0:16 02:38 0

Placing round Edit

7th place Denmark Flag of Denmark 15:2
(5:1, 5:0, 5:1)
Flag of Belgium Belgium
5th place Austria Flag of Austria 5:3
(0:1, 0:0, 5:2)
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
3rd place Romania Flag of Romania 7:5 o.t.
(1:2, 3:2, 1:1, 2:0)
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Final Italy Flag of Italy 4:3 s.o.
(0:0, 2:1, 0:1, 1:1, 1:0)
Flag of France France

Italy was promoted to Group A, and Belgium was relegated to Group C, for 1979.

Group CEdit

Played in Sofia Bulgaria from January 20-26, 1979.

Team HUN BUL ESP GF/GA Points
1. Flag of Hungary Hungary 2:2
6:5
8:1
5:5
21:13 6:2
2. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 2:2
5:6
9:2
1:3
17:13 3:5
3. Flag of Spain Spain 1:8
5:5
2:9
3:1
11:23 3:5

Hungary was promoted to Group B for 1979.

ReferencesEdit

  1. France-Italy final
  2. Duplacey, 473
  3. Duplacey, 473
  4. Duplacey, 473
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