by Jason LaRose
January 2, 2014, MALMÖ, Sweden (ISN) – Canada’s National Junior Team has advanced to the semifinals at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö after a 4-1 win over Switzerland in Thursday’s quarter-finals.
Canada will face Finland in the semifinals on Saturday, with puck drop scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT. The game can be seen LIVE on TSN/RDS; check local listings in your area for broadcast details.
On Thursday, Griffin Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Edmonton, WHL) had a goal and an assist, Anthony Mantha (Longueuil, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL) netted the game-winner on a second-period penalty shot and Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Edmonton, Alta.) scored for the third consecutive game. Derrick Pouliot (Weyburn, Sask./Portland, WHL) had the other goal for Canada, which is into the semifinals for the 16th consecutive year.
Semifinal schedule (Jan. 4)
Sweden vs. Russia 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT
Canada vs. Finland 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT
Semifinal winners will meet Sunday in the gold medal game at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, while the bronze medal game is set for 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT, both at Malmö Arena.
Canada has medalled at 14 of the last 15 IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011, and bronze medals in 2000, 2001 and 2012.
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