TRAIL, BC – Russia and USA have advanced to the World Junior A Challenge semi-finals after winning Groups A and B respectively, Hockey Canada and the CJAHL announced on Wednesday.
Russia and USA both won their final round robin games in dramatic fashion on Wednesday. Russia beat Canada West 4-2 in Trail, BC, with the winning goal coming from Evgeny Grachev with less than three minutes to play in the game. Meanwhile, in Nelson, BC USA defeated Canada East 3-2, with Barry Almeida scoring the overtime winner.
Quarter-final match-ups are also set for Thursday night in Trail and Nelson. Winning teams advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, while the two losing teams will play for 5th place Saturday afternoon.
Quarter-final schedule – Thursday, November 8th
7:30 pm Canada West (A2) vs. Belarus (B3) Trail, BC webcast at www.hockeycanada.ca
7:30 pm Canada East (B2) vs. Germany (A3). Nelson, BC
Semi-final schedule – Saturday, November 10th
2:00 pm 5th place L A2/B3 vs. L B2/A3 Trail, BC
7:30 pm Semi-final Russia vs. W B2/A3 Trail, BC webcast at www.hockeycanada.ca
7:30 pm Semi-final USA vs. W A2/B3 Nelson, BC
Final schedule – Sunday, November 11th
2:00 pm Bronze medal game Trail, BC
7:30 pm Gold medal game Trail, BC TSN/RDS
The World Junior A Challenge is a presentation of Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL).
The 2007 World Junior A Challenge runs through November 11th in Trail and Nelson, BC. Some tickets are available for remaining games.
The gold medal game will be broadcast on tape delay on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area. The quarter-final game on November 8th and the semi-final game on November 10th will be available via webcast at www.hockeycanada.ca