EDMONTON — Canada has a chance to win gold at the world junior hockey championship today.
The undefeated Canadians will take on 5-and-1 Finland in tonight’s final.
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Canada took a decisive 5-2 victory over Czechia, the country commonly known as the Czech Republic, in Friday’s semifinals while Finland blanked Sweden 1-0.
This will be the second meeting between the two countries after Canada defeated Finland 6-3 on Monday, marking Finland’s only loss of the tournament.
“It was OK but it wasn’t enough,” Finland head coach Antti Pennanen said of their match against Canada. “We were angry after the game, that’s for sure.”
Statistically, Canada and Finland have been the class of the tournament.
Canada is led by captain Mason McTavish who leads the tournament in scoring with eight goals and 15 points. This includes a four goal and two assist performance against Slovakia on Aug. 12 which tied a Canadian record for most goals in a World Juniors game.
Trailing McTavish in scoring are Finnish forwards Joakim Kemell and Aatu Raty who have 11 and 10 points respectively.
Overall, Canada and Finland make up eight of the top 10 scorers of the 2022 World Junior Championship.
A key factor of the gold medal game will be special teams as Canada and Finland are first and second respectively in power play efficiency.
However, going into this final game, Finland is tied with Switzerland as the least penalized team in the tournament while Canada is tied with Sweden for the third most penalized.
Finland will do all they can stay out of the penalty box as they also hold a tournament worst 50 per cent penalty kill.
Canada will be without Ottawa Senators prospect Ridly Greig due to an upper-body injury, according to head coach Dave Cameron.
Greig, 20, sustained the injury after taking a hit from Switzerland’s Vincent Despont during Canada’s 6-3 quarterfinals victory.
The Brandon Wheat Kings forward had three goals and six points in five games this tournament.