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World Juniors: QF recap

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
One down, two move on.

Jake Virtanen and Gustav Forsling are off to the semifinals, while Thatcher Demko and the United States were knocked out by Russia.

Canada (8) – Denmark (0)
Jake Virtanen: 1 assist, 3 shots, +1

Curtis Lazar scored twice and added an assist as Canada routed Denmark 8-0 on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to advance to the semifinals where they will face-off against Slovakia on Sunday.

Connor McDavid had a goal and assist, while Lawson Crouse, Nick Paul, Brayden Point, Sam Reinhart and Nick Ritchie also found the back of the net for Canada.

Jake Virtanen found himself on a new line for the game after a Robby Fabbri knee injury caused the lines to be shuffled up. Virtanen skated alongside Paul and Nick Petan for the majority of the contest. The Canucks first rounder picked up one assist to give him three points (1-2-3) through five games thus far.

Next up (semifinals): vs. Slovakia (Sunday, 5pm PT, TSN)

Sweden (6) – Finland (3)
Gustav Forsling: 1 goal, 1 assist

Gustav Forsling had another big game, scoring once and setting up another, helping Sweden advance to the semifinals after a 6-3 win over Finland on Friday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Lucas Wallmark scored twice, while Adam Brodecki and Oskar Lindbolm also tallied for Sweden, which scored three times in the final frame to break a 3-3 deadlock.

After falling behind 1-0, Forsling got Sweden on the board after one-timing a William Nylander feed into the back of the net while on a two-man advantage. Just over four minutes later, Forsling added an assist, throwing a cross ice pass to Brodecki who one-timed the puck into the back of the net to make it a 3-1 game.

Forsling continues to lead all defencemen at the World Juniors with eight points (3-5-8) through five games.

Next up (semifinals): vs. Russia (Sunday, 1pm PT, TSN)

Russia (3) – United States (2)
Thatcher Demko: 22 saves

Sergei Tolchinski scored the winner as Russia hung on for a 3-2 win over the United States in quarterfinal action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday afternoon.

Thatcher Demko made 22 saves, while not standing much of a chance on any of the Russian goals. The first coming off a scramble in front, the second bouncing off an American defenders skate and off Demko’s pad right to a Russian forward, while the third went off two separate American defencemen’s sticks and in.

This marks the second straight year the United States has failed to make the semifinals.

Demko finishes the tournament with a 2-2-0 record, 1.74 GAA, .938 SV% and one shutout.

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