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World Juniors: Semifinals set with Russia vs. Sweden, Canada vs. Finland

Jan 2, 2014, 7:56 PM EDT

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The 2014 World Junior Championships’ “final four” have been determined on Thursday. PHT already caught you up to speed on Russia’s 3-2 win against the United States, but here’s a rundown of the other three games that determined which teams made the semifinals.

Sweden 6, Slovakia 0

Sweden’s group is being described as some as one of the best world junior teams in years. The results speak for themselves, as they’ve often dominated in going 5-0, including today’s 6-0. (In witnessing portions of the game, it seemed like 6-0 was more than a fair score … one could argue that it could have gotten even worse.)

They’re playing for a medal for the eighth consecutive work thanks to continued strong work by their bevy of hot prospects, including Elias Lindholm (Carolina first-rounder) and Filip Forsberg (Nashville first-rounder), who have already gotten their feet wet at the NHL level.

Sweden will face Russian for the right to play for the gold.

Canada 4, Switzerland 1

Griffin Reinhart had a goal and assist while Canada’s other goal scorers were Anthony Mantha, Derrick Pouliot and Curtis Lazar. Zachary Fucale stopped 19 out of 20 shots for Canada.

The Canadian Press captures Canada’s profund advantage over the Swiss over the years:

Curtis Lazar and defenceman Derrick Pouliot also scored for Canada, which is 20-0-0 and has a 130-34 goal advantage all-time against the Swiss at the world juniors.

Finland 5, Czech Republic 3

Canada’s opponent will be Finland, who came back from 3-2 deficit entering the third period to win 5-3 on Thursday. Saku Maenalanen (two goals), Rasmus Kulmala (two assists) and Teuvo Teravinen (two assists) were the multiple-point men for Finland.

So, to review, it’s Russia vs. Sweden and Canada vs. Finland in the semifinals. Should be fun.

  1. killhowe - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Vasilevskiy will be tough for any team to beat. Great prospect and plays lights out on center stage. Go Canada Go!

  2. joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Should be Sweden and Canada playing for gold. Sweden is going to be very difficult to beat. They play a high tempo game and have a lot of depth and talent. Canada will have to play a perfect defensive game in all three zones, be patient and opportunistic. If they fall behind early it’s going to be tough to win from behind, though they have already done so during this tournament. Fucale will have to be very strong in the paint.

  3. muckleflugga - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    canada may be in tough…facing adversity…looking at sixty miles of bad road…unless…

    they bring their game…give a hundred and ten percent…keep it simple…take it one shift at a time…own the boards…win the battles…beat them in the alleys…get traffic to the front of the net…buzz the crease…find the bounces…bury their chances…find the twine…go five hole….go top shelf…get the dirty goals…don’t sit on the lead…play to win…avoid the sin bin…shut down opposing snipers…support our goalie…avoid a defensive shell…push back…don’t give up any soft ones…get a full team effort…play a full sixty minutes…

    remember, those guys put their pants on one leg at a time just like us…unless…

    the husband comes home early

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