2017 World Juniors: Day Nine

2017 World Juniors

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Day 9 of the 2017 World Juniors is a big day in the tournament with both semi-final games in action. Group A only has one team (Sweden) remaining in the tournament heading into the day, while Group B has three teams alive (United States, Canada, Russia).

The first game at the Bell Centre in Montreal was between the United States and Russia. With both teams being in Group B for the preliminary round, they have already faced each other once before. On December 29th, the Americans defeated Russia 3-2 in front of 13,759 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Their semi-final match up came in front of a smaller crowd of 11,576. Kirill Kaprizov put Russia on the board nearly 12 minutes into the game with his 8th goal of the season. This would be the first goal of the game in what was arguably one of the best games of the tournament to date. Colin White of the United States tied the game up with less than a minute left in the first. A three goal 2nd period, including White’s second of the game, sent the Americans into the intermission leading 3-2. Early in the third period, Guryanov tied it for Russia to make the game as intense as ever. A scoreless 10-minute overtime that displayed goaltending brilliance sent the semifinal game into what would ultimately be a 7-round shootout. Russia scored three times and missed four, while the Americans scored four times and only missed three to win the game. Anaheim Ducks draft pick Troy Terry lead the way going 3-for-3 in the shootout.

The second and final game of the day was also played at the Bell Centre. Both Canada and Sweden came out flying, with a combined four goals in the first period for a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes. Canada made a goalie change 8 minutes and 5 seconds into the game after Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 2 shots, paving the way for Carter Hart to come into the game. The second period wasn’t as close, Canada was absolutely dominating the game for the time being. A goal from Julien Gauthier gave Canada their first lead of the game. After it looked like goaltending would be an issue early on in the evening, Hart came into the game and stopped 24 shots he faced by the end of the 2nd period. Canada’s dominance would overflow into the third period where they outshot the Swedes 14-4 and scored a couple of more goals. Habs prospect Noah Juulsen assisted Dylan Strome’s goal to make it 4-2, and Julien Gauthier scored his second of the game on the empty net to put the game away. Canada’s 5-2 win secured a place in the gold medal game against their North American rivals.

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AATH Three Stars of the Day

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1. Carter Hart (Canada)
Saved 28 of 28 shots in 51:55 of play time in 5-2 win vs. Sweden

2. Troy Terry (United States)
1 Goal / 3-for-3 in shootout in 4-3 shootout win vs. Russia

3. Denis Guryanov (Russia)
2 Goals in 4-3 shootout loss vs. United States



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Noah Juulsen (Canada)

Against Sweden, Noah Juulsen had 21:25 of ice time over 32 shifts. In that time, Juulsen recorded an assist on Dylan Strome’s goal and registered a shot on goal. Juulsen also had a +2 plus/minus rating. Noah and the Canadians will face the United States in the gold medal game at 8:00pm ET on Thursday.

Mikhail Sergachev (Russia)

Sergachev went without a point in the semifinal game, but took four shots on goal (2 in the 2nd period, 2 in overtime) and blocked a shot off the back of his head during regulation time. Sergachev had a big role in the game, earning 33 shifts over a span of 25:54. With Russia’s loss to the United States in the semifinals, Mikhail Sergachev and the Russians will face Sweden in the bronze medal game at 3:30pm ET on Thursday.

All About The Habs brings you daily recaps of the 2017 World Juniors throughout the duration of the ten day tournament. Keep up to date with Habs prospects and your country as we publish articles recapping each day. We thank you for following along with us!

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