IIHF U20 World Championship

IIHF World Juniors (U20):  An Introduction

The IIHF U20 World Championship invites 10 international teams to compete for the world championship. The tournament takes place annually.

The competition is open to the top nine teams from the previous year’s tournament plus one team promoted from the next-lower division.

Tournament Format, and how we play the Prediction game

The Preliminary Round consists of two groups of five teams each, with the top four teams qualifying for the knockout rounds. Each team plays each other once in the Preliminary Round, for a total of four games.

Your job, in the Preliminary Round, is to pick the finishing order of each group. Your score will be based on how close you are to predicting the correct order and also whether you chose the correct four teams to qualify for the next round.

In subsequent rounds, your task will be to pick the winning team and the number of goals that will be scored by both teams in each matchup.

Scoring:

The Prediction Challenge game is scored out of 400 points:

100     Group Stage
100     Quarterfinals
100     Semifinals
100     Gold Medal Game

The points will be awarded as follows.

Group Stage (100 Points)

Each team plays four games in their group, one against each team.

Object: Predict the correct order of finish in each group and the four teams that will qualify for the knockout rounds

40 points for getting a group in the correct order, less 7 points for each position incorrect (max 80, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting the most qualifiers (top 4 in each group) correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting the most groups exactly correct (max 10)

Quarterfinals (100 points)

The teams finishing first through fourth in their groups cross over to play a single knockout game against an opponent from the other group.

Object: Predict the four game winners and the scores

10 points for each correct winner (max 40)
10 points for each correct score, less 2 points for each goal incorrect (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most scores correct (max 10)

Semifinals (100 points)

The Quarterfinal winners meet to play each other

Object: Predict the two game winners and the scores

20 points for each correct winner (max 40)
20 points for each correct score, less 4 points for each goal incorrect (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most scores correct (max 10)

Medal Round (100 points)

Gold Medal Game: the two finalists play one game

Object: Predict the World Junior Championship winner and the Final Game score

50 points for getting the winner right
50 points for predicting the score correctly, less 15 points for each incorrect goal. (min 0, max 50)

Bronze Medal Game Tiebreaker

Object: Predict the World Cup third place finisher and the third-place game score. This Tiebreaker will be used to help break any overall score ties.

50 points for getting the winner right
50 points for predicting the score correctly, less 15 points for each incorrect goal. (min 0, max 50)

Tiebreakers

If players are tied at the end of the game on points, the tie will be broken based on the following:

1) Most points in the Gold Medal Game
2) Most points in the Bronze Medal Game
3) Most points in the Semifinal round
4) Most points in the Quarterfinal round

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