MALMO, Sweden – Sweden is on a roll at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky
and Oscar Dansk
are big reasons why.
Burakovsky had two assists, while Dansk stopped all 18 shots he faced, in a 6-0 quarterfinal win against Slovakia today that moved unbeaten Sweden (5-0-0) into the semifinals. Sweden faces Russia (3-2-0), a 5-3 winner against the United States (3-2-0), on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The other semifinal on Saturday features Canada (4-0-1), which has the Otters’ duo of center Connor McDavid
and Adam Pelech
, meeting Finland (3-1-1) at 1 p.m. The winners will play for the gold medal Sunday at 1 p.m. The losers will play in the bronze-medal game Sunday at 9 a.m. NHL Network will televise all four games.
Burakovsky has three goals and seven points in five games. Dansk has a 4-0-0 record,
1.75 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in four games.
* Canada 4, Switzerland 1:
McDavid and Pelech were held without a point, but Canada advanced to the semifinals for the 16th straight time with a two-goal third period that broke open a one-goal game today and clinched a matchup with Finland, a 5-3 winner against Czech Republic (2-3-0). Curtis Lazar scored 4 minutes, 11 seconds into the third to open a 3-1 lead. Derrick Pouliot’s goal with capped the win with 6:11 left capped the victory.
McDavid has a goal and four points in five games. Pelech has no points and an even plus-minus rating.
IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV: All medal-round games on NHL Network*
Quarterfinals – Jan. 2
Russia 5, United States 3
Finland 5, Czech Republic 3
Canada 4, Switzerland 1
Sweden 6, Slovakia 0
Semifinals – Saturday
Russia (3-2-0) vs. Sweden (5-0-0), 9 a.m.
Canada (4-0-1) vs. Finland (3-1-1), 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game (semifinal losers), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game (semifinal winners), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)