When Canada plays Russian Federation, it's always good to the last drop

Friday, 08 Jan, 2021

Saturday's other semifinals saw host Canada face the Czech Republic, Sweden take on Finland and the United States meet Slovakia.

Devon Levi made 29 saves, Dylan Cozens had a goal and an assist, and Bowen Byram and Connor McMichael also scored.

"It's a plus for me the way the Czechs play us, the way we played and the way we had to dig in and figure it out", Tourigny said.

Levi played his busiest period of the tournament stopping all 12 shots he faced in the first.

Canada rolled into the gold-medal game with a decisive shellacking of Team Russia, a nation that is supposed to be able to play with our boys but barely caused them to break a rhetorical sweat.

Spencer Knight, one of eight returning players for a USA, team that finished sixth past year following a quarterfinal loss against Finland, stopped 33 shots.

"It was a tough experience but we needed to get through it", Amirov said through an interpreter.

"We don't need to add anything, the history between these two countries is well-documented", said Tourigny.

Canada has had a relatively easy time in the World Juniors so far, winning its five games by a combined 36-4 score.

Finland defeated Russian Federation 4-1 earlier Tuesday to win bronze.

The Canadian and Russian head coaches this year - Andre Tourigny and Igor Larionov respectively - were assistants in Ostrava.

The Czechs battled hard for the puck to make Canada chase them, and often clogged the neutral zone to force the Canadians to jump and chase. They regroup a lot.

"I remember seeing Eric for the first time in the team's summer camp and how big and strong he was and I thought "Oh man", Barnes said. "They're a really good five-on-five team".

"You've just got to keep control of your nerves and stay loose and play your own game".

"We quickly realized that Jack Quinn is an athlete first", says Stacey McGregor, St. Joseph's hockey coach and math teacher. Canada is attempting to repeat as tournament champions.

It is unclear if Canadian forward Alex Newhook will be available for the game as he has been dealing with an upper-body injury for the past couple of games.

The Russians didn't have Yegor Chinakhov (leg), the Colombus first-rounder playing for Bob Hartley's Omsk Kontinental Hockey League team, and Mikhail Abramov (one-game suspension for a slewfoot against Sweden's Arvid Costmar) for the German quarter-final.

Victor of 12 of 15 quarterfinal games, Canada is nonetheless wary that elimination games turn on the narrowest of margins.

Their roster is considered among the most talented at the tournament.

This time the tournament was played in the Canadian city of Edmonton without fans and with minimal preparation, in an effort to minimise risks for all participants.

Heading into the semifinals, Team USA is 4-1-0 and ranks second among all countries in both goals scored (30) and goals allowed (7).

"[Be] more consistent on our shots. Try to put more on net", said forward Vasili Ponomaryov after Russia's quarterfinal win.

The puck drops at 3 pm PST, with the other semifinal between the United States and Finland to follow at 7:30 pm PST.