Friday, January 04, 2008

2008 world junior championship
The semi-finals

Game #1
Sweden 2, Russia 1 (OT)

Game #2
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.



At 1:49 p.m., January 04, 2008, Anonymous ben said...

Excellent (and subtle) use of Borat quote. Nicely done.

At 3:53 p.m., January 04, 2008, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

I find it hard to consider any team that's won the last three championships an underdog: the Canadians are doing a pretty nice job right now (4-0) of showing that they can match up with this U.S. team. Also, their only loss came to Sweden, who the Americans didn't play. The Americans may have more top stars, but the Canadians have a deeper team. The Canada-Sweden final should be epic...

At 4:38 p.m., January 04, 2008, Anonymous Truth Serum said...

Congrats, Canada.

And that is great news about the tournament coming to North America.

At 4:47 p.m., January 04, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

More money to be made by having the tournament in Canada/states very close to Canada.

Great game by the kids and hopefully they put forth a similar effort and avenge the earlier loss to the Swedes.

Go Canada Go!

At 8:34 a.m., January 05, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Unfortunately, I only caught part of it at work and found out the score afterwards, but from the first period and a third, it looked like a fantastic game. Normally I'd say it's a shame that Canada-US was the semifinal once again, but given how things went in the round robin against Sweden, this could be really interesting.


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