Quarter-final Thursday at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge left one Canadian team in the hunt for the medals.
United States 1 Canada Red 2 (OT)
Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers) stopped 30 of 31 shots Thursday as Canada Red advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over the United States in overtime.
Elliot Desnoyers scored the game-winning goal 4:34 into the extra period. Captain Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders) picked up a primary assist on Canada’s second period goal, which helped to tie up the contest 1-1 after the Americans opened the scoring.
Canada Red will now advance to play Finland Friday, November 9 (4:00 p.m. MT) in the second semifinal contest.
Finland 4 Canada White 3 (SO)
Canada White’s strong run at the tournament ended with a shootout loss to Finland.
Trailing 3-0 early in the second period, captain Jake Neighbours (Edmonton Oil Kings) scored twice while Connor McClennon (Kootenay ICE) added a third period goal to force extra time. Luke Prokop (Calgary Hitmen) recorded a single assist in the game.
Neighbours would score again in the shootout, but Finland would win the five-round contest to advance to the semifinals.
Canada White will now face Canada Black in a placement game on Friday, November 9 (1:00 p.m. MT).
Sweden 4 Canada Black 2
Sweden scored twice in each of the second and third periods to secure a 4-2 win and a spot in the semifinals.
Canada Black held the game scoreless through 20 minutes, then added single goals in the second and third to be doubled up by their European opponents.
Canada Black will now face Canada White in a placement game on Friday, November 9 (1:00 p.m. MT).