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Two First-Rounders Among Four Coyotes Prospects Playing in WJC Semis

Hayton, Soderstrom, Maccelli, and Raty advance to Saturday's World Junior Championship semi-final

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Two first-rounders and two from Finland.

Four Coyotes prospects have advanced to Saturday's semi-final round of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament and will play for a chance to compete for a gold medal.

Sweden is scheduled to take on Russia at 7 a.m. MST, and shortly thereafter Canada will go head-to-head with Finland at 11 a.m. MST.

The first of the two semi-final match-ups, a date between Sweden and Russia, will feature 2019 first round selection Victor Soderstrom, who in five games played, is the tournament leader in scoring among defensemen with six points (1G, 5A).

The 18-year-old scored a penalty shot goal to help lift Sweden to a 5-0 quarter-final win over Czech Republic on Thursday. Sweden was the only team to go unbeaten during the preliminary round.

The second game, a Canada-Finland tilt, will include three Coyotes prospects, the headliner being 2018 first-round selection Barrett Hayton, who put forth a monster three-point performance (2G, 1A) in Canada's 6-1 quarter-final win over Slovakia.

Hayton is tied for second in tournament scoring with nine points (5G, 4A).

On the Finland side, 2019 draftees Matias Maccelli and Aku Raty will look to push their country to the gold medal game for the second straight year. Maccelli, a fourth-round selection, has totaled four points (1G, 3A) in five games and saw more ice time than any other player in Finland's 1-0 quarter-final win over USA. Raty, selected in the fifth-round, has recorded two goals and an assist so far in the tournament.

The Coyotes' three remaining prospects have all been eliminated from contention, including Jan Jenik, who was sidelined with a lower-body injury during Czech Republic's third preliminary game. The 2018 third-round selection put up three points (2G, 1A) before suffering injury, including the game-winning goal in the tournament's opening game.

Valentin Nussbaumer finished the tournament as Switzerland's leading scorer (2G, 5A) and was honored as one of its top three players. Ty Emberson played a total of 137 shifts amassing 90:16 TOI, the third-most on USA's roster.

Lead Photo Credit: Jaroslav Ozana - CTK // Footer Photo Credit: Simon Hastegard - VMHockey

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