2008 world junior championship
Sweden 2, Russia 1 (OT)
USA v. Canada (2 p.m.)
There was just a little bit of controversy yesterday around the Canadian goaltenders, as Jonathan Bernier felt he should have gotten another chance in this game in place of Steve Mason. Coach Craig Hartsburg, however, felt differently, and Mason gets the start.
The Americans have quickly become Team Canada's No. 1 rival, and the U.S. has to be seen as the favourite in this one given they went undefeated through the round robin.
Should be quite a game. The winner gets Sweden for gold on Saturday afternoon.
N.B. Denmark and Switzerland were relegated this year, meaning Slovakia and Kazakhstan will be back in the main tournament in 2009 in Ottawa. Very nice.
Germany and Latvia have been promoted from the Division I tournament.
UPDATE Canada wins this one decisively (4-1), and now faces a Swedish team that hasn't won a medal at this tournament since 1996 in Boston. (They'll of course break that streak now with gold or silver on Saturday.)
UPDATE The world junior tournament is going to be played in North America the next four years, which is good news for fans hoping to get out to some games.
UPDATE This post was called "the quarter-finals" for an awfully long time. How silly I felt.
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