Canada tops Finland 6-3 to advance to quarters at World Juniors


EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — Team captain and Anaheim Ducks prospect Mason McTavish had a goal and two assists on Monday, leading Canada to a 6-3 win over Finland in Pool A. of the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Connor Bedard and Ridly Greig each had a goal and an assist, and Brennan Othmann, Tyson Foerester and William Dufour also scored for Canada (4-0-0), who finished top of Group A. Olen Zellweger got three passes.

Joakim Kemell had a goal and an assist and Samuel Helenius and Roby Jarventie also scored for Finland (3-1-0).

Canada’s Dylan Garand made 22 saves and Leevi Merilainen stopped 31 of the Finns’ 36 shots.

Earlier Monday, Switzerland secured their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory over Austria (0-0-4). The preliminary round ended with Group B Sweden (3-1-0) beating Germany (2-2-0) 4-2.

Canada will face Group B Switzerland (1-3-0) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Finland also qualified and will face Germany, while Sweden will face Latvia (1-2-1) in the quarter-finals. Defending champions USA (4-0-0) went undefeated in the round robin and will face Czechia (1-2-1), the country commonly known as the Czech Republic, in the quarter-finals.

In the Switzerland-Austria game, Attilio Biasca’s third-half goal was the winner for the Swiss. Joshua Fahrni and Jonas Taibel also scored in the win. Leon Wallner and Ian Scherzer scored for Austria.

In the Sweden-Germany match, Daniel Ljungman scored twice for the Swedes, who took a two-goal lead in the first half and led 4-1 in the third.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Friday and the medal games are on Saturday.

The Associated Press




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