Wednesday, January 03, 2007

World Junior Hockey Championships: Semifinals

The semifinals were played in the World Junior Hockey Championships today. The quarterfinal results are here and the preliminary round results are here.

Canada 2 USA 1 (shootout) These teams played to a 6-3 Canada victory in the preliminary round. This game was much closer. USA took the lead on a goal by Tyler Chorney (Edmonton prospect) to put Canada behind for the first time in the tournament. Luc Bourdon (Vancouver prospect) tied the game up. It went to a shootout (which is an awful way to decide a game) and Canada won. Both goalies were strong. Carey Price (Montreal prospect) of Canada stopped 34 of 35 shots and Jeff Frazee (New Jersey prospect) stopped 26 of 27 shots (but statistics show he faced 28 shots since the shootout loss for some reason is scored as a shot on goal on the IIHF statistics.)

Russia 4 Sweden 2 Russia has not been tested yet in the tournament. This game was no different. Igor Makarov (Chicago prospect) led the way with 3 points. The Swedes were led by Nicklas Backstrom (Washington prospect) who had two assists in the losing effort.

On Friday, Canada and Russia meet in the gold-silver game and USA and Sweden meet in the bronze-4th game.

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