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Canada downs Czechia, will play for gold in World Juniors ultimate

Canada will play for gold on the world junior hockey championship after downing Czechia 5-2 in a semifinal on Friday. 

Kent Johnson had a purpose and two assists for the undefeated Canadians (6-0-0) whereas Logan Stankoven contributed certainly one of every. Connor Bedard, Mason McTavish and Joshua Roy additionally scored and Olen Zellweger added three of helpers.

Jan Mysak bought Czechia — the nation generally generally known as the Czech Republic — on the board halfway by the third interval and added an help on David Jiricek’s power-play tally later within the body. Jiri Kulich helped on each targets. 

Dylan Garand stopped 31-of-33 photographs for Canada, which received silver on the 2021 event. 

Goalie Tomas Suchanek made 22 saves for Czechia (2-3-1) earlier than being changed by Pavel Cajan to start out the third interval. Cajan stopped eight photographs in reduction.

Canada will face both Finland (4-1-0) or Sweden (4-1-0) in Saturday’s gold-medal matchup. The 2 sides are set to face off within the second semifinal on Friday.

Czechia was coming off an enormous 4-2 upset victory over the reigning champion People in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Canada earned its spot within the semis with a 6-3 win over Switzerland the identical day.

The Canadians restored their three-goal benefit with 5:34 left on the clock when Roy swept a low shot in by Cajan’s pads. 

Czechia had whittled the deficit to 4-2 with a power-play tally 12:44 into the third. 

Jiricek unleashed an extended bomb from contained in the blue line, crusing the puck by visitors and beating Garand glove aspect. 

The Czechs bought on the board halfway by the third when Mysak despatched a shot by the Canadian netminder for his fifth purpose of the event.

Seeking to make up some floor within the ultimate interval, Czechia changed Suchanek with Cajan popping out of the second intermission. 

Canada’s second power-play purpose of the day got here 16:21 into the second after Czechia’s Stepan Nemec was referred to as for slashing. 

McTavish capitalized, uncorking a one-timer from the faceoff circle that went in off the crossbar, boosting Canada’s result in 4-0. 

McTavish leads the event in scoring with 15 factors (eight targets, seven assists). 

A penalty for too many males additionally price the Czechs within the second. 

With Czech ahead Tomas City within the penalty field, Johnson picked up a unfastened puck alongside the boards and sliced it up the ice to Stankoven for a breakaway. 

The Kamloops Blazers ahead took a number of strides then blasted a shot previous Suchanek from the hash marks to present Canada a 3-0 on the 11:28 mark. 

Canada was 2-for-3 on the ability play Friday whereas Czechia went 1-for-2.

The Czechs got here into the second with renewed hearth and outshot the Canadians 8-0 over the primary 5 minutes of the interval. 

Garand was pressured to make a stable pad save 3:55 into the body after a defensive breakdown gave Czechia’s Jakub Kos a main alternative in tight. 

Canada took a 2-0 lead into the primary intermission after Bedard put away the nation’s second purpose of the day late within the opening interval.

Nathan Gaucher sliced the puck by the impartial zone, springing the 17-year-old phenom for a breakaway. Bedard capped the play with a blistering shot previous Suchanek glove aspect, giving the host nation a 2-0 cushion 15:20 into the sport. 

The purpose was Bedard’s fourth of the event. 

Suchanek made an excellent diving cease on Tyson Foerster’s backhand shot halfway by the primary to maintain the sport scoreless. 

The Czech netminder could not hand on to the puck, although, and Johnson wasted no time in firing it in from the highest of the crease to open the scoring 10:04 into the opening body. 

Johnson has two targets within the event — each in opposition to the Czechs.

NOTES: Canada was enjoying with out ahead Ridly Greig, who suffered an obvious shoulder harm early within the quarterfinal win over Switzerland. Riley Kidney slotted again into the lineup after being a wholesome scratch for 4 straight video games. … Canada beat Czechia 5-1 within the preliminary spherical. … Czechia has not received a medal on the world juniors since 2005 once they took dwelling bronze. 

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