LEKSAND, SWE – Canada’s National Junior Team has advanced to the semi-finals of the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship following a 3-0 win over Slovakia. The Canadians finished with a perfect 4-0 in the round robin – the fifth consecutive year they have gone undefeated in the preliminary round.
Kris Russell (Caroline, AB/ Medicine Hat, WHL) scored twice while Carey Price (Anahim Lake, BC/ Tri-City, WHL) made 32 saves for his second shutout of the World Juniors as Canada beat Slovakia 3-0 on Sunday. Steve Downie (Queensville, ON/ Peterborough, ON) also scored for Canada.
Canada will now face the winner of the Finland/USA quarterfinal in one semi-final on Wednesday, January 3rd. Both quarter-finals will be played on Tuesday, January 2nd. The quarter-final schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, January 2 2007 – Quarter-final Schedule
13:30 pm (ET)/ 19:30 pm (local) A2 (Sweden) vs. B3 (Czech Republic) Leksand
13:30 pm (ET)/ 19:30 pm (local) B2 (Finland) vs. A3 (USA) Mora
The schedule for the semi-finals will be finalized by the IIHF Directorate following the quarter-finals. Go to www.iihf.com for the official schedule.
All of Canada’s games at the World Junior Championship will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, as well as on The Fan Radio Network (check local listings).
NOTE TO MEDIA: For interview requests, get them to Team Media Relations Manager André Brin in advance to coordinate without the team’s media obligations on-site as well the team’s schedule. Please take note of the time difference as you make your requests. Sweden is six hours ahead of Eastern Time, i.e. if it is 12:00 p.m. ET, it is 6:00 p.m. in Sweden. Media requests on-site will be given priority. Depending on times, live interviews may be difficult to coordinate around the team’s schedule and the time difference.