Canada, Finland advance to World U-18 semifinals

Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 11:11 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

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Canada, Finland advance to World U-18 semifinals
Top 2012 NHL Draft prospects Matt Dumba and Teuvo Teravainen played big roles in their teams advancing to the semifinals of the World Under-18 Championship

Kerby Rychel, considered a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, had a pair of goals as Canada beat Russia 4-2 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.

In the game played at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, team captain Matt Dumba and Felix Girard each had goals, and Hunter Shinkaruk and Troy Bourke each had a pair of assists.

"Everybody was prepared and we were ready to take on a great team," defenseman Darnell Nurse told the IIHF website. "I think being physical was something we established off the bat and we were able to carry it through the game and be successful. When you have a skilled team like that, they can be very dangerous and it's important to keep them away from the ice."


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Goalie Matthew Murray stopped 28 of 30 shots as Canada advanced to a rematch with the U.S. in the semifinals Friday at Kajot Arena in Brno. The teams met on the final day of preliminary-round play, with the U.S. earning a 5-3 victory.

"There's no question it's going to be tough, but I know our guys are going to rise to the challenge," Canada coach Jesse Wallin told Hockey Canada's website. "We're going to play back-to-back games; that's just the way it is. Tired is just an excuse. We're playing for our country here, we're playing to get into the gold-medal game, we're playing for our lives and we need everything that everybody's got.

"And I expect that we're going to get that."

Russia goalie Andrei Vasilevski, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated European goaltender in its final ranking of prospects for the 2012 NHL Draft, made 24 saves.

Dumba opened the scoring 9:05 into the game with his fifth goal of the tournament, which gives him a tournament-best nine points. A defenseman with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League, he is No. 11 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters.

Rychel added a goal with 2:53 left in the first, and after Russia's Alexei Filippov scored 3:36 into the second, Rychel, a forward with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, scored to make it 3-1.

Girard, a late addition to the roster, scored midway through the third. Russia Anton Slepyshev scored late in the third to close the scoring.

In the other quarterfinal match, top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Teravainen had a pair of goals and an assist to lead Finland to an 8-0 rout of Germany.

Teravainen, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound right wing with Jokerit in Finland's junior league, is No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters for the draft this year.

"We knew Germany is a tough team and we came out hard at the start to try and get them down early," Teravainen told the IIHF website. "We were able to skate faster and I think that was the key to the victory."

Henrik Haapala also had two goals and an assist, and Artturi Lehkonen had a goal and two assists for Finland. Joonas Korpisalo, No. 3 on Central Scouting's final ranking of European goaltenders, stopped all 18 shots in Finland's net.

Finland will face Sweden in the semifinals on Friday, also in Brno. The gold-medal and bronze-medal games will be played Sunday.

Germany and Russia will meet in the fifth-place game Saturday, also in Brno.

In the first game of the relegation pool, at Zimny Stadion in Znojmo, Switzerland got a pair of goals from Flavio Schmutz in a 4-2 win against the host Czech Republic. In the second game, Kristoffer Lauridsen capped a hat trick with an overtime goal as Denmark rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit to beat Latvia 4-3.

Lauridsen, a 5-11, 183-pound center with Herning in Denmark who's eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft, scored twice in the third, tying the game with 24 seconds left. He then scored the winner 4:04 into overtime.

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