2014 World Junior Championship: Finland Beat Canada, Sweden Beat Russia Setting Up A Nordic Final

Bruce Bennett

A recap of the semi-final games that took place today, Sweden-Russia and Finland-Canada.

The two semi finals were played today with Sweden, Russia, Canada and Finland facing off against each other.

Russia-Sweden

The first semi final was between the hosts Sweden and Russia. This game was tightly fought but the Swedes managed to get the win in order to make sure they medal at their home tournament.

The first period was nearly over by the time that the first goal was scored. Filip Forsberg got a shot past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender prospect Andrei Vasilevski with just under a minute left in the period. Forsberg's goal would be assisted on by Elias Lindholm. The two have proved an effective partnership in the WJC.

The second period didn't see any goals scored by either side but saw the Swedes rack up a few penalty minutes after a period of extensive pressure from Russia. Russia couldn't exploit any of their powerplay opportunities and the second period finished with the Swedes holding a one goal edge.

The third period had a couple of goals scored with Pittsburgh Penguins prospect putting the Swedes 2-0 up within five minutes of the start of the period. Linus Arnesson and Erik Karlsson (Not Ottawa Karlsson) got the assists on the goal that would prove to be the game winner. Damir Zhafyarov gave the Russians hope when he responded with a goal two minutes after the Swede's second goal.

However Russia was unable to get the tying goal in the last half of the third period giving the Swedes a 2-1 win and sent them to the gold medal game. Sweden had already beaten them during the round robin section of the tournament.

Final Score: 2-1 Sweden.

Canada vs Finland

The second semi final saw Canada faceoff against Finland for the right to play Sweden in the finals of the tournament.

The first period was a close affair with the shots being nearly even between the two sides. Both Juuse Saros and Zach Fucale were the main difference makers for their respective teams. They bailed out their own teams defensive lapses on multiple occasions. The first period finished scoreless.

The scoring would get going in the second period. 2014 NHL Draft prospect, Julius Honka, helped set up Joni Nikko's goal at just over 4 minutes into the second period. A powerplay goal from Artturi Lehkonen assisted by Saku Maenalanen and Teuvo Teravainen, put the Finns up 2-0.

Canada would make it a game by getting a goal from Joanthan Drouin after a beautiful setup from Curtis Lazar. Things got undisciplined with both Drouin and Nick Petan taking 10 minute majors for a check to the head and unsportsmanlike contact respectively. Rasmus Ristolainen would put the Finns up 3-1 with less than five minutes left in the third period on the powerplay.

Canada had done extremely well in the third period during this tournament. However that wasn't to be in the semi final. Finland had the Canadian's number, shutting down their forwards as soon as they entered the Finnish zone. Henrik Haapala would be brought down by Derek Pouliot to draw a Finnish penalty shot, controversially Teuvo Terravainen took the shot because Haapala was hurt and couldn't take the shot.

Terravainen would put it beyond reach for Canada as he made the game 5-1 with an empty net goal. Ville Pokka assisted on the empty net goal.

Final Score: 5-1 Finland

This sets up Nordic Final tomorrow with Sweden facing Finland for the gold medal. Canada will face Russia for the bronze medal.

Bronze Medal Game: Sunday, 8.00 CT

Gold Medal Game: Sunday: 12.00 CT

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