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Day 7 of the WJHC: Romanov, Norlinder bound for semis

Meanwhile, Cole Caufield and Jordan Harris are sent packing

by François Lafleur, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Only two Canadiens prospects remain in the hunt for a medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Switzerland 1 - Russia 3

Facing Switzerland, Alexander Romanov was held off the scoresheet while once again being used for over 20 minutes (20:32).

With no goals against while he was on the ice, Romanov finished with an even differential and two shots on goal.

He'll have a chance to add to his points haul, as he's headed to the semifinals for a second straight year after his team won it 3-1 on Thursday.

Sweden 5 - Czech Republic 0

Romanov won't be the only player representing the Habs in the next round, as he'll be joined by Mattias Norlinder after Sweden defeated the host country, the Czech Republic.

Unfortunately, the 19-year-old wasn't heavily used in the win, seeing just 11 shifts for a total of 7:33.

After getting beaten by Switzerland in the quarterfinals last year, Sweden is back in the semis for the first time in two years.

United States 0 - Finland 1

Cole Caufield and Jordan Harris weren't as lucky as Romanov and Norlinder, and saw their tournament come to an end after being shut out 1-0 by Finland.

To start, Caufield was held pointless in the contest, although that didn't stop him from logging two shots on net in 11:12 of action.

For his part, Harris wasn't able to get a shot off on goalie Justus Annunen in 14 minutes of ice time.

The Americans therefore will not advance to the medal round, a first since 2015.

What's on tap for Saturday?

Still alive, Romanov and Norlinder will face each other as Russia takes on Sweden in one of the two semifinals.

The other pits Canada against Finland.

Semifinals schedule

Russia - Sweden - 9:00 a.m. EST (TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS)

Finland - Canada - 1:00 p.m. EST (TSN 1/4/5 and RDS)

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