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2020 WJC Recap - Semi Final

Heinola, Gustafsson will play for bronze medal

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

The dreams of a gold medal at the 2020 World Junior Championship for David Gustafsson and Sweden came to an end with a 5-4 overtime loss to Russia on Saturday.

Gustafsson assisted on the game's opening goal just 16 seconds into the first period, but Sweden couldn't hang on to a 4-3 third period lead, with Yegor Sokolov tying things up with 11:25 left in regulation.

Ivan Morozov won it for the Russians in overtime.

For his part, Gustafsson was named one of Sweden's Top 3 players in the tournament and played 23:20 in the semi-final, the third most of any player on the roster.

Sweden will face Ville Heinola and Finland in the bronze medal game on Sunday.

The Finns fell to Canada by a score of 5-0 in the other semi-final.

Heinola, who the Jets picked in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, earned a gold medal with Finland at last year's World Junior Championship. This year however, he'll have to settle for a chance at bronze.

The 18-year-old finished the game against Canada with three shots on goal in 13:27 of ice time.

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