2019-20 National Junior Team

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2020 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #28
Semifinal
Final
January 4, 2020 1:00 pm EST
Ostravar Arena
Ostrava, CZE

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
4
1
0
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
16
9
7
32
15
12
12
39

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 2
14
1 / 2
4

Game Story

CANADA BLANKS FINLAND, WILL FACE RUSSIA FOR WJC GOLD

JASON LA ROSE

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) was spectacular in a 32-save shutout, Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) scored twice and Canada’s National Junior Team took charge early in a 5-0 semifinal win over Finland on Saturday at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Canadians will face Russia on Sunday (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT), one win from their 18th World Juniors gold.

Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL), Lafrenière and Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie, OHL) struck in a span of 2:07 very early in the first period, giving Canada all the offence it would need before the game was four minutes old.

McMichael finished with a goal and an assist, while Aidan Dudas (Parry Sound, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) and Barrett Hayton (Peterborough, Ont./Arizona, NHL) chipped in with two helpers apiece.

It took just 1:48 for McMichael to open the scoring; his quick shot deflected off a Finnish stick and beat goaltender Justus Annunen over the glove after good work from Dudas down low.

Lafrenière doubled the advantage at 3:05, taking a short pass from Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) and going upstairs on the backhand, and Drysdale walked in off the blue-line and went blocker side on Annunen only 50 seconds after that.

Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL) added one more before the end of the opening frame, swatting in a loose puck after Dudas had poked it away from Annunen.

Despite the huge advantage on the scoreboard, Hofer was arguably the best Canadian early; he made 16 saves in the first period, including a huge right-pad stop on Joonas Oden on a late power play.

Lafrenière added his second goal of the game and fourth of the tournament on the power play late in the second period, lasering a wrist shot past Annunen on the short side.

Canada guided the win home in a scoreless third period, allowing just seven shots on goal.

Hofer became the first Canadian goaltender to post a shutout in the semifinals or later since Justin Pogge kept the Finns and Russians goalless in the semifinals and gold medal game in 2006.

Following the game, Hayton, Lafrenière and Liam Foudy (Scarborough, Ont./London, OHL) were named Canada’s top three players of the tournament, as selected by the coaches.

The IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice next year when Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., host the 2021 World Juniors. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. MT on Jan. 5 to sign up for the Priority Draw for their chance to purchase tickets in both cities. Visit HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets for more information.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Connor McMichael

Assists: Aidan Dudas
01:48
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafreniere

Assists: Nolan Foote, Barrett Hayton
03:05
GOAL
Goal: Jamie Drysdale

Assists: Raphael Lavoie, Quinton Byfield
03:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Sampo Ranta (Served by Aatu Raty)
Game Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
10:26
GOAL
Goal: Ty Dellandrea

Assists: Aidan Dudas, Connor McMichael
14:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Ty Dellandrea
Tripping (2:00)
18:41
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Anttoni Honka
Holding (2:00)
16:49
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Alexis Lafreniere

Assists: Calen Addison, Barrett Hayton
17:53
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Barrett Hayton
High-Sticking (2:00)
00:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Ville Heinola
Interference (2:00)
16:45

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Justus Annunen FIN 60 39 34 5 0.872
Joel Hofer CAN 60 32 32 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 5 - SV - 34 - SAV% - 0.872
GA 0 - SV - 32 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - PTS 2

Previous Games

2 - 3 L v SwedenSWE
Jan 5, 2020
4 - 3 W v RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2020
0 - 5 L @ CanadaCAN
Jan 4, 2020
5 - 0 W v FinlandFIN
Jan 4, 2020
1 - 0 W @ United StatesUSA
Jan 2, 2020
6 - 1 W v SlovakiaSVK
Jan 2, 2020
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