World championship of junior hockey: the Americans and the Finns spend in the final

Championnat mondial de hockey junior: les Américains et les Finlandais passent en finale

Photo: Darryl Dyck, The canadian Press
Oliver Wahlstrom scored the first goal for the Americans.

The Americans will have the chance to capture the world Championship of junior hockey, the result of a gain of 2-1 to the Russians in the semi-final on Friday.

The Russians were undefeated in the tournament, and they have had the top 36-27 for the shots.

But Oliver Wahlstrom and Alexander Chmelevski scored for the United States, and the replica of Grigory Denisenko has not been enough.

On Saturday, the United States will cross the iron with Finland, which has been due to the Swiss on Friday evening. This will be the first match of gold medal between these two nations at this tournament.

“They are the favorites, but I believe in our chances if we work hard. We have players who play their cards well with the puck, ” said the head coach of Finland, Jussi Ahokas.

Cayden Primeau made 35 stops, nine more than Pyotr Kochetkov. Primeau was drafted by the Montreal canadiens in 2017, the seventh round.

“I just wanted to stay calm and in control, said Primeau. I knew that they were going to buzz until the end. I just wanted to stay in a good position. “

“They had chances but Cayden has made good stops, said striker Josh Norris. He kept us in the game and we converted our chances. The guys have done a wonderful job. “

Primeau is the son of former NHL player Keith Primeau.

“When you face a team as strong as Russia, the opponent will create scoring chances and you want your last line is reliable, said the coach of the Americans, Mike Hastings, about his guardian. It allows you to catch your breath on occasion. Cayden has been at the height. “

Americans are so assured to do better than their bronze medal from last year. They then beat Russia in the quarter-finals.

Wahlstrom scored at 14:29 in the first third. Logan Cockerill seemed to want to shoot before passing Wahlstrom, a first-round of the New York Islanders in 2018.

Then, at 4:20 in the second twenty, Chmelevski, a hope of the San Jose Sharks, has made fly with Vitali Kravtsov to the dungeon to tripping. Jack Hughes was spotted in front of the net.

Denisenko said at 14:36 in the second engagement. It was a choice for the first round of the Panthers in Florida last year.

In the middle of the first period, the referees have refused a goal to Nikita Shashkov, deeming that he made a motion to push the puck into the goal with the skate.

The match was played in front of 14 355 people, at the Rogers Arena.

A few hours later, m. aarne Talvitie has scored two goals in less than three minutes in the first round, helping the Finns to crush the Swiss 6-1.

Talvitie, the captain of the Finnish team, and a choice of the sixth round of the New Jersey Devils, has hit the target four times in six games during the tournament.

Jesse Ylonen, a hope of the Canadian, opened the scoring in the 40th second of the game, and Finland was given a comfortable lead of 4-0 after just eight throws.

“I think we played very well. We did almost nothing given to the Swiss, was observed Ahokas. We were ready to play and we came to win. “

Aleksi Heponiemi added a goal and three assists, Rasmus Kupari has amassed a goal and two helpers, while defender Henri Jokiharju has found the back of the net once for Finland.

“We had wings in the first period, argued Heponiemi. I really liked our game and I’m happy to be part of the team. “

The guardian Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has only had to stop 16 washers, to record the victory. Philipp Kurashev, the Ramparts of Quebec, was the only one to outwit.

Luca Hollenstein has been chased out of the net to switzerland after 7:43 of the game. In succession, Akira Schmid has blocked 23 of 25 shots directed towards him.

Finland has shown a record of 2-2 in the preliminary round, but it has acceded to the semi-finals by beating Canada 2-1 in overtime. Switzerland has presented a record of 1-2-1, and it surprised Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals.

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