The six-team under-17 tournament, which featured players that will be eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was part of a week-long festival of youth sports, in which athletes from around Europe competed in various sports. The fans who entered Liberec's Tipsport Arena to watch the hockey final were treated to a dramatic finish.
|Action from the European Youth Olympic gold medal game|
between Russia and Finland. Photo: eyowf2011.cz.
In Thursday night's bronze medal game, Switzerland defeated the host Czech team 5-1, led by 2 goals from left-winger Nico Dünner. The Czech goal was scored by Patrik Machač, who led the team overall with 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games.
On Thursday afternoon, Latvia defeated Slovakia 4-3 to finish fifth.