1978 IIHF European U18 Championship
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.
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 2 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." 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." 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. An interesting side note to the Finnish triumph was that they played without their top defenceman, Reijo Ruotsalainen because he was chosen to play in the World Juniors, which were unfortunately played at the same time in Montreal.
- Group 1
- Group 2
|1. Soviet Union||3:0||8:1||13:1||24:2||6|
|4. West Germany||1:13||1:13||3:5||5:32||0|
- Championship round
|1. Finland||6:5 2o.t.||(2:1)||6:2||14:8||6|
|2. Soviet Union||5:6 2o.t.||5:3||(3:0)||13:9||4|
|3. Sweden||(1:2)||3:5||4:2||8: 9||2|
Final Game SummaryEdit
|January 2, 1978||Soviet Union||5 – 6 2ot|
(2–1, 1–1, 0–1, 2–2, 0–1)
|Finland||Ice Hall, Helsinki|
Attendance: 7 604
- Placing round
|3. West Germany||(3:5)||7:10||2:1||12:16||2|
Norway was relegated to Group B for 1979.
Played from March 1–5, 1978.
- Group 1
|2. Yugoslavia||2:3||4:2||3:1||9: 6||4|
|3. Netherlands||4:5||2:4||2:0||8: 9||2|
- Group 2
(5:1, 5:0, 5:1)
(0:1, 0:0, 5:2)
|3rd place||Romania||7:5 o.t.
(1:2, 3:2, 1:1, 2:0)
(0:0, 2:1, 0:1, 1:1, 1:0)
Hungary was promoted to Group B for 1979.
- France-Italy final
- Duplacey, 473
- Complete results
- Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 530–2. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.