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World Juniors: Day 8 recap

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
Jake Virtanen and Canada are down and out, while Brock Boeser and the United States advance to the semifinals.

Finland (6) – Canada (5)
Jake Virtanen (CAN): 1 assist, -1, 6PIM

It will go down as one of the biggest disappointments in Canadian World Junior history as Team Canada fell 6-5 to Finland on Saturday, failing to make it to the semifinals for the first time since 1998.

Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead but failed to hang on, as Finland started the third period out in front 4-3. The teams went on to trade goals in the final frame as Canada twice would find the equalizer, but would never restore their lead.

Mitch Marner scored twice for Canada, which held a 34-29 advantage in shots.

Jake Virtanen picked up an assist in the game, his first point of the tournament. The 2014 sixth overall pick finishes the 2016 World Juniors with one assist and 10 shots on goal in five games.

Finland will play Sweden in the semifinals. The Swedes were 6-0 winners over Slovakia in the quarterfinals.

United States (7) – Czech Republic (0)
Brock Boeser (USA): 1 assist, 1 shot, +1

Auston Matthews scored three times as the United States cruised to a 7-0 quarterfinal win over the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Nick Schmaltz chipped in with a goal and two helpers for the United States, which held leads of 2-0 after 20 minutes and 5-0 going into the final frame.

Canucks’ 2015 first-rounder Brock Boeser finished the day with one assist, giving him two points (0-2-2) through five games thus far.

The U.S. will now take on Russia in the semifinals. Russia finished first in Group B with a 3-1-0-0 record, while also squeaking past Denmark by a 4-3 score in the quarterfinals.

Next up (semifinals): vs. Russia (Monday, 10am PT, TSN)

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