Early and often, that was the key to Canada’s win.
Four first period goals led team Canada to a 5-0 semifinal win over Finland at the World Junior Hockey Championship on Saturday (Jan.4).
Player of the game, Joel Hofer was fantastic for the red and white making 32 saves for the shutout.
Connor McMichael opened the scoring going shelf on finnish netminder Justus Annunen.
Connor McMichael makes it 1-0 Canada! https://t.co/7ESE5tlIvy
Not long after, it was Alexis Lafreniere with his first of the game to double the lead on a beautiful backhand finish.
Alexis Lafreniere makes it 2-0 Canada! https://t.co/YhC8IXrUMA
Canada’s seventh defenceman on paper, Jamie Drysdale, let one rip from the point to put Canada up by three.
Canada’s seventh defenceman Jamie Drysdale makes it 3-0🇨🇦 https://t.co/6iGiJ94AW8
Ty Dellandrea grabbed a soft rebound in front of the net to cap off the crazy period and give the red and white a healthy lead after 20.
Annunen is flustered. Ty Dellandrea makes it 4-0 🇨🇦 https://t.co/wFYjwZ3Ski
Lafrenière sniped his second of the game in the middle frame on the powerplay.
🇨🇦 continues to pile it on, Alexis Lafrenière has his 2nd of the afternoon! https://t.co/JXtqbb18Ul
Canada’s top forward in this game and even tournament was without question Alexis Lafreniere. He is improving his game by miles this season and turning into a well-rounded scorer, which will make him the number one overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The scene now switches to Russia, who defeated the Canadians 6-0 in the round robin. Russia clearly has fire power up front, speed all round and can roll with momentum, which is something Canada has struggled with all tournament. Joel Hofer didn’t get the start against the Russians, but did get a taste of action once Nico Daws was pulled. Russian goalie Amir Miftakhov got the start and shut the door, but Valeri Bragin has seemed to favour the young Yaroslav Askarov in this tournament.
None the less, the Ostravar Arena will be bumpin’ tomorrow and I can’t wait!
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