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2020 WJC Recap - Quarter Final

Heinola and Gustafsson through to tournament semi-final round

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

Ville Heinola and David Gustafsson are heading to the semi-final at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Heinola assisted on a power play goal in the third period, his fifth assist of the tournament, then helped Finland hold off a late charge from the United States to preserve a 1-0 win.

The Jets first round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft played 18:06 in the game, but perhaps no minutes were more important than with time winding down in the third period, when the Finns were on a penalty kill for the final 1:15 of regulation.

Finland will now play Canada in the semi-final on Saturday.

As for Gustafsson, he scored his first goal of the tournament in a 5-0 Sweden win over the hosts from the Czech Republic. In addition, the Jets second round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft had three shots on goal in 16:07 of ice time.

The 19-year-old continues to lead the tournament in face-off percentage, winning 71 of the 97 draws he's taken for a 73.20 win percentage.

Sweden faces off with Russia in their semi-final match-up on Saturday.

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