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World Junior Hockey Championship - Semifinals

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Three Canadiens prospects hit the ice as the semifinals of the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships were contested on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Here’s a look at their respective performances:

Russia 4 – Sweden 1

Canadiens prospects involved:
Sweden: Jacob de la Rose, LW (Selected in the 2nd round, 34th overall in 2013)

Jacob de la Rose (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Jacob de la Rose and Team Sweden had the opportunity to advance to the Gold Medal Game on Sunday afternoon, but failed to do so, dropping a 4-1 decision to Team Russia in Toronto. Sweden cut Russia’s lead to 3-1 in the third period, but Russia wasted little time lighting the lamp again to deny their opponents any momentum whatsoever in the final frame. Russian netminder Igor Shestyorkin made 26 saves in the victory, giving his countrymen a chance to go up against Canada on Monday night in the tournament finale.

Swedish captain Jacob de la Rose finished the tilt with three shots on goal in addition to winning 55 percent of his draws. The Canadiens hopeful will be back in action on Monday afternoon as Sweden will battle Slovakia in Toronto for the bronze medal.

Canada 5 Slovakia 1

Canadiens prospects involved:
Canada: Zachary Fucale, G (Selected in the 2nd round, 36th overall in 2013)
Slovakia: Martin Reway (Selected in the 4th round, 116th overall in 2013)

Zachary Fucale (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

In the second semifinal tilt on Sunday, Canada went up against Slovakia. Benoit Groulx’s squad came out with tremendous jump, but the Canadians only managed to beat netminder Denis Godla once through 20 minutes of play. In the latter stages of the second period, however, Canada finally managed to solve Godla as Nic Petan and Shea Theodore scored two quick goals to send a raucous Air Canada Centre crowd into a frenzy. Petan went on to pick up the hat trick in the third period to cap the scoring.

Zachary Fucale turned aside 14 of 15 shots against in goal. Groulx has yet to confirm, however, whether or not the Canadiens prospect will get the start on Monday night against Russia.

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