(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vadim Malinovski, Belarus
Photo: Belarus goaltender Ivan Kulbakov goes into the boards with Czech Republic forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Michael Spacek during the Czech Republic’s 5-3 win over Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
</p>Perhaps there was no other outcome for Team Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, that outcome being a date with Switzerland in the relegation round of this tournament. The Belarusians haven’t played badly at this WJC, but nevertheless find themselves fighting to avoid a return to Division 1A at the U20 level.
Belarus needed a regulation win over the Czech Republic in their final game of the preliminary round to potentially avoid the relegation round (Slovakia has a game in hand), and were giving the impression that they just might pull off the upset.… read more