IIHF world junior championship semifinals • Edmonton, Alberta
Finland stands in way of Team USA
United States vs. Finland
8:30 p.m. Monday on NHL Network
Quarterfinal recap: The United States, behind two goals from John Farinacci, earned a 5-2 victory over Slovakia. Bobby Brink of Minnetonka had two assists. Team USA outshot Slovakia 43-18. … Finland overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Sweden 3-2, tying it on Anton Lundell's power-play goal with 8:56 left and winning on Roni Hirvonen's wraparound with 25 seconds to go.
Semifinal preview: The U.S. and Finland have met in the tournament semifinals just once previously, with the U.S. earning a 2-1 win in 2004. The U.S. is in the semifinals for the 16th time (6-8-1). It won the last of its four championships in 2017. Finland won the last of its five titles in 2019. The winner plays in Tuesday's gold medal game.
Notes: Boston University star Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y.) leads the tournament in both points (15) and assists (nine). Before giving up a goal late in the second period on Saturday night, goaltender Spencer Knight extended the United States' shutout streak to a tournament-record 218 minutes, 53 seconds. After an opening 5-3 loss to Russia, the Americans beat Austria 11-0, the Czech Republic 7-0 and Sweden 4-0 to win Group B.
Canada vs. Russia
5 p.m. Monday on NHL Network
Quarterfinal recap: Canada didn't have its best game and finished on the wrong end of a 29-25 shot count, but it booked its spot in the final four with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic. Devon Levi made 29 saves, and Dylan Cozens had a goal and an assist. … The Russians survived a scare, getting 18 saves from Yaroslav Askarov to secure a narrow 2-1 win over Germany. Vasili Ponomaryov scored shorthanded in the first period and Danil Bashkirov added the game-winner in the second to put Russia in the semifinals for the 10th time in 11 years.
Semifinal preview: Canada earned a 1-0 pre-tournament win over the Russians on Dec. 23. But the last meeting that counted came 364 days ago, when the Canadians erased a two-goal deficit in the final 11 minutes for a 4-3 win and an 18th World Juniors gold medal.
Notes: Levi leads the tournament with five wins, a 0.64 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage. Cozens has a tournament-high seven goals. The Russians' top six forwards have combined for 12 goals and 27 points through five games. The team is coached by Igor Larionov.