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World Juniors: SF recap

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
Going for gold.

Jake Virtanen and Canada will go for gold on Monday, while Gustav Forsling and Sweden will play for bronze.

Canada (5) – Slovakia (1)
Jake Virtanen: 1 shot

Nic Petan scored three times to propel Canada to the gold medal game against Russia on Monday after a 5-1 win over Slovakia at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday in Toronto.

Anthony Duclair and Shea Theodore also tallied for Canada, while Zachary Fucale turned aside 14-of-15 shots between the pipes.

Virtanen will look to be the first Canucks prospect to win gold at the event since Jordan Schroeder and the United States won in 2010. The Abbotsford, BC product will also look to be the first Canadian prospect to win gold since Cody Hodgson in 2009.

The first-rounder in 2014 has tallied three points (1-2-3) in six games thus far.

Next up (gold medal game): vs. Russia (Monday, 5pm PT, TSN)

Russia (4) – Sweden (1)
Gustav Forsling: 2 shots, -1

Alexander Sharov found the back of the net twice as Russia skated to a 4-1 semifinal win over Sweden, advancing to the gold medal game on Monday.

Maxim Mamin and Ziat Paigin also tallied for the Russians, which will play for gold for the first time since 2012.

Gustav Forsling finished with two shots in the game, marking just the second time in the tournament the defenceman has failed to register a single point in a game.

The Canucks fifth-rounder in 2014 still leads all blue-liners at the tournament with eight points (3-5-8) through six games.

Next up (bronze medal game): vs. Slovakia (Monday, 1pm PT, TSN)

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