Stankoven scores twice as Canada defeats Switzerland to reach the World Junior Semifinals | CBC Sports

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Canada’s Logan Stankoven is used to putting pucks in the back of the net, but scoring hasn’t been easy in the junior hockey world championship.

However, he buried a couple of chances on Wednesday, helping Canada to a 6-3 quarterfinal win over Switzerland.

“It’s harder than I thought, for sure,” said Stankoven, a forward for the Kamloops Blazers who was named Canadian Hockey League player of the year in June.

“Goals haven’t been easy. I had chances, but not as many as I would like. Tonight I thought I could create a few more chances and the puck was going into the net. So it was a good feeling.”

Stankoven also had an assist while Tyson Foerster scored and contributed two assists. Jack Thompson, Nathan Gaucher and Will Cuylle added goals for Canada (5-0-0) and Ronan Seeley contributed a pair of assists.

Attilio Biasca scored twice for Switzerland (1-4-0) and captain Simon Knak also found the back of the net.

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Canada advances to junior world semifinals with victory over Switzerland

Canada defeats Switzerland 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the junior hockey world championship, Logan Stankoven registers two goals and an assist.

After exploding with four goals in the first period, the Canadians struggled Wednesday, passing up scoring opportunities in sloppy play.

“We definitely didn’t want to take these guys lightly, but they played really hard and caught us off guard a little bit,” said goalkeeper Dylan Garand, who made 23 saves. “I think we did a good job of keeping it and finding a way. It wasn’t pretty, but we kept going.”

The win means Canada will face Czechia (2-2-1), the country commonly known as the Czech Republic, in the semifinals on Friday.

The other semi-final will pit Sweden (4-1-0) against Finland (4-1-0).

Switzerland made a late effort on Wednesday, taking out goalkeeper Kevin Pasche with 3:15 to go in favor of an additional attacker, but was unable to make up the two-goal deficit.

Instead, Stankoven scored on an empty net with 69 seconds left on the game clock.

‘We found a way’

“It’s the dreaded quarter-final match where you play against a team that has absolutely nothing to lose,” Canada coach Dave Cameron said of the pressure. “And give them credit: They came to us and made it interesting. But we found a way.”

Some sloppy play created problems for Canada midway through the second period.

Attempting to clear the puck behind the net, Garand sent the puck to Donovan Sebrango along the boards and the defenseman sent the puck onto the ice.

Biasca intercepted the pass and fired a shot past the Canadian keeper to make it 5-3 at the 7:51 mark.

“Things didn’t really go our way for part of the game,” Seeley said. “We fight and we find a way to win. And that’s all that matters.”

A low pass from Olen Zellweger to Cuylle set up Canada’s fifth goal. Cuylle sent a sharp angle shot to Pasche at 4:30 of the second.

The Swiss cut their deficit to 4-2 with just 8.2 seconds remaining in the first set.

Joshua Fahrni sent Biasca the puck from under the goal line and the Halifax Mooseheads forward fired over Garand’s shoulder.

Pasche took charge of the Swiss net late in the first period after starter Noah Patenaude allowed four goals on nine shots.

Patenaude denied Canada’s Elliot Desnoyers, but the puck got caught under his bag and Gaucher put it in for his first goal of the tournament 17:01 into the game.

Pasche made 30 saves in relief.

Canadian forward Ridly Greig left the game and did not return after taking a hit from Swiss defender Vincent Despont in the first half.

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Canadian striker Ridly Greig withdraws from the match due to injury

Team Canada forward Ridly Greig appears to prefer his left shoulder after taking a hit from Switzerland’s Vincent Despont and leaves the game.

Stankoven gave Canada a 3-1 lead with a breakaway at 14:32 of the first.

The Dallas Stars prospect intercepted a pass on the Swiss bench and ran alone into the offensive zone. His initial shot bounced off the crossbar, so Stankoven scooped up the rebound and backhanded it into the open net for good measure.

Seeley’s sneak pass through the slot helped Canada retake the lead 12:31 in the first. Thompson picked up the puck and fired a quick pass from Patenaude to make it 2-1.

Switzerland’s first goal of the night came 2:21 into the game when Brian Zanetti uncorked a rocket from inside the blue line and Knak finished it off for the equalizer.

Canada opened the scoring just 74 seconds earlier when Stankoven sent a crisp pass to Foerster in the faceoff circle for his third goal of the tournament.

Czechia defeat USA

The Czechs pulled off a huge 4-2 upset over the US (4-1-0) in the final quarterfinal game on Wednesday, jumping out to a 3-1 lead midway through the second period and holding on for the victory.

Jiri Kulich assisted with two assists before scoring on an empty net to end the reigning US champions’ hopes with less than two minutes left.

Jan Mysak, Petr Hauser and Matyas Sapovaliv also scored for the Czechs, who have not won a junior world medal for 15 years.

Logan Cooley opened the scoring for the US and Carter Mazur briefly pulled his team within 11:31 of the second.

Czech goalkeeper Tomas Suchanek saved 19 of 20 shots and Kaidan Mbereko made 15 saves for the Americans.

Andrae elevates Sweden over Latvia

Earlier on Wednesday, Emil Andrae scored the winning goal in Sweden’s 2-1 victory over Latvia.

Isak Rosen put Sweden on the board 16:44 into the first period and Gustavs Ozolins buried the equalizer for Latvia late in the second.

Latvia’s Martins Lavins was ejected from the game 89 seconds into the third for a blow to the head, but his teammates killed an important five-minute penalty to keep the score 1-1.

Andrae broke the deadlock 9:49 into the third with a long shot through traffic.

Jesper Wallstedt stopped 12 shots for Sweden (4-1-0) and Bruno Bruveris made 25 saves for Latvia (1-2-1).

Jarventie leads Finland to beat Germany

Four points from Roby Jarventie carried Finland to a 5-2 win over Germany in another Wednesday quarter-final.

Jarventie’s opening goal at 14:48 of the first half gave Finland a 3–1 lead and he ended up as the game winner.

After Germany’s Bennet Rossmy scored his second goal of the match in the second period to make it 3-2, Jarventie restored Finland’s lead 6:22 in the third with Yannick Proske hooking out.

Roni Hirvonen and Joel Maatta also scored power goals as Finland went 4 for 6 with the man advantage. Finland’s power unit has been lethal throughout the tournament, shooting at a 59 per cent rate (13 of 22).

Kasper Simontaival opened the scoring for Finland with a forceful goal even 3:37 into the match.

Leevi Merilainen made 19 saves for Finland (4-1-0) while Florian Bugl saved 17 shots for Germany (2-3-0).

Canada took silver at the 2021 tournament, which was held at Edmonton’s Rogers Place with no fans due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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