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World Junior Hockey Championships: Medal Round

The World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden completed today with the medal round.  Here are the preliminary round results and here are the quarterfinal results.  This brings us to the semi-finals.

Sweden 2 Russia 1.  Oscar Dansk (Columbus prospect) began in the Swedish goal and Andrei Vasilevski (Tampa Bay prospect) began the game in the Russian net.  Filip Forsberg (Nashville prospect) opened the scoring with a goal late in the first period.  Oskar Sundqvist (Pittsburgh prospect) scored an insurance goal in the third period.  Damir Zhafyarov (undrafted) quickly scored for Russia to put them back in the game, but they were unable to make up the second goal.  This puts the host team Sweden in the finals.

Finland 5 Canada 1.  This was a rather one-sided game that Finland controlled throughout.  Juuse Saros (Nashville prospect) made 23 saves for the Finland win.  Zachary Fucale (Montreal prospect) was the losing Canadian goalie.  Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago prospect) led the Finnish scoring with two goals and an assist.  The goals were scored on a penalty shot and into an empty net.  The other Finnish goals were scored by Arturri Lehkonen (Montreal prospect), Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo prospect) and Joni Nikko (undrafted).  Saku Maenalanen (Nashville prospect) added two assists.  Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay prospect) scored the Canadian goal.  This put team Finland in the finals.

Bronze - 4th Game:  Russia 2 Canada 1.  Andrei Vasilevski (Tampa Bay prospect) made 30 saves for the Russian win.  Zachary Fucale (Montreal prospect) was the losing Canadian goalie.  The Russians took a first period lead on goals by Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo prospect) and Eduard Gimatov (undrafted).  Canada made it close on Josh Morrisey's (Winnipeg prospect) third period goal.  This gives Russia the bronze medal.

Gold - Silver Game:  Finland 3 Sweden 2 (overtime).  Jusse Saros (Nashville prospect) made 35 saves for the win.  Oscar Dansk (Columbus prospect) was the losing Swedish goalie.   The Finns led through much of the game, but it remained close.  It required 10 minutes of overtime before Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo prospect) scored the game winning goal.  Saku Maenalanen (Nashville prospect) added a goal and an assist.  Esa Lindell (Dallas prospect) scored the other goal.  Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago prospect) assisted on all three goals.  Lucas Wallmark (undrafted) and Christian Djoos (Washington prospect) scored the Swedish goals and both added an assist each.  Finland wins gold and Sweden wins silver.

Filip Forsberg (Nashville prospect) of Sweden was named the tournament MVP and the top forward.  Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo prospect) of Finland was named the top defenceman and Oscar Dansk (Columbus prospect) the top goalie in the tournament.  The all star team in the tournament was Forsberg, Ristolainen, Dansk, Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago prospect) of Finland, Anthony Mantha (Detroit prospect) of Canada and Nikita Zadorov (Buffalo prospect) of Russia.

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