Canada White is the lone Canadian side left with a shot at the medals following Thursday’s quarter-final action at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
In the two Thursday games to not involve Canadian sides, the United States defeated Finland 8-4 and Czech Republic downed Sweden 5-1.
Russia 8 Canada Black 4
Canada Black took their first loss at the tournament Thursday, falling 8-4 to Russia in Medicine Hat.
Red Deer Rebels forward Jayden Grubbe scored twice for Canada Black and Calgary Hitmen forward Sean Tschigerl also scored for Canada in the loss. Russia scored twice in the first, three times in the second, and three times in the third to earn the victory.
Canada White 3 Canada Red 2 (OT)
In a thrilling overtime finish, Canada White advanced with a 3-2 win over Canada Red in Swift Current.
Edmonton Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther scored Canada White’s first goal of the contest with Winnipeg ICE prospect Matthew Savoie earning a primary assist on the goal. Canada Red answered back 12 seconds later in the game on a goal that featured an assist by Red Deer Rebels defenceman Kyle Masters.
Canada White went ahead 2-1 midway through the third, but Canada Red had some late-game heroics, scoring with 2:50 left in regulation. Masters picked up his second assist of the game on the goal.
It was an all-WHL matchup between the pipes as Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan and Seattle Thunderbirds prospect Thomas Milic faced each other. Brennan stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the win. Milic turned aside 31 of 34 shots in the narrow loss.
Semifinals set for Friday
Friday’s semifinals are set at the tournament, with Russia host the Czech Republic in Swift Current at 6:00 p.m. CT and the United States hosting Canada White in Medicine Hat at 7:00 p.m. MT.
Saturday will mark the final day of the tournament, with a pair of placement games in Swift Current before the two medal games in Medicine Hat. Sweden will host Canada Red at 11:00 a.m. CT while Canada Black will host Finland at 3:00 p.m. CT.