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Three Bruins Prospects Advance to Semis at WJC

Keyser, Shen, and Vaakanainen on to final four at World Juniors

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - As the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship heads to the semifinals, the Bruins will have three prospects in the final four - Kyle Keyser (USA), Pavel Shen (Russia), and Urho Vaakanainen (Finland).

Daniel Bukac (Czech Republic), Jakub Lauko (Czech Republic), and Jack Studnicka (Canada), meanwhile, saw their tournaments come to an end on Wednesday.

Here's a recap of the quarterfinals action:

Russia 8 | Slovakia 3

Shen was a plus-2 with one shot on goal in 14:25 during Russia's big win over Slovakia. The 2018 seventh-round pick has three goals and an assist through five games, ranking fourth on Russia with four points.

The 19-year-old's plus-6 rating for the tourney ranks as the fourth-highest total among all skaters.

Finland 2 | Canada 1 (OT)

Vaakanainen helped the Fins advance with an assist on Aleksi Heponiemi's tying goal with 46 seconds to play. The blue liner was a plus-1 in a whopping 29:54 of ice time in Finland's overtime victory.

Studnicka played 9:31 and ended the tournament with a goal and three assists in five games.

United Sates 3 | Czech Republic 1

Keyser did not play in Team USA's victory on Wednesday, but the 19-year-old Florida native is 1-0-1 with a 2.95 goals against average and .872 save percentage.

Lauko landed three shots on goal in 13:50, while Bukac played 15:53 on the back end in the Czech's loss. Lauko had a goal and an assist, while Bukac added an assist in the tournament's five games.

Semifinals Schedule

Russia vs. United States | Friday, 4 p.m. | NHL Network

Finland vs. Switzerland | Friday, 8 p.m. | NHL Network

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