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Jets at the Worlds: Semifinals

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets


SF2 - CANADA 4 vs. USA 3 Recap
| Highlights | Scoring Summary

Canada conquered its US rival and will now play Finland for the gold medal, Sunday at 12:45pm CT.

Ryan Ellis broke a 3-3 tie just 1:34 into the third period to help Canada hang on for a 4-3 win. Ellis, who casually entered the zone during a Canadian line change, triggered a rocket from the right
circle, blowing it past American netminder Keith Kinkaid for the eventual game winner.

Photo courtesy Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images

The undefeated Finns won the only other meeting between these two teams, 4-0, in the round-robin finale earlier this week.

Jets forward Mark Scheifele went 4-3 (57%) in the faceoff circle and had two shots in 19:56 of ice time.

Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring at 8:59. Boone Jenner peeled out from behind the net, put a quick shot into the feet of Keith Kinkaid and Gallagher jumped on the rebound, sticking it upstairs with an aggressive diving effort.

Brad Marchand made it a 2-0 game with 1:58 to play as he finished a beautiful give-and-go on a 2-on-1 with Cody Ceci to score his fourth of the tournament.

But the Americans weren’t going away.

Three goals in the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the second period put the US in front, 3-2.

The consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, Auston Matthews, got things going with a power-play goal at 1:14 as he walked in from the left point and blew one through traffic, bar down on Cam Talbot. David Warsofsky then tied things up just 2:43 later with a quick wrister off the rush, beating the goalie high, over the right shoulder from the right-wing side. Warsofsky’s goal was initially waved off and play continued for some time, but video later confirmed the puck
entered the net and bounced out off the back bar.
Tyler Motte gave the Americans their first lead before the 10-minute mark of the period, off a beautiful feed from Dylan Larkin. Larkin, who was down below the goal line, feathered a
pass back into the slot, where Motte roofed it from just a few feet out.

After allowing 10 of the first 15 shots of the period, Canada stopped the bleeding.

Derick brassard tied the game at three with a PPG at 15:29, finding a loose puck back door and shovelling it home with the goalie well out of position.
After Ellis put the Canadians back on top, the Americans poured it on the rest of the way, recording 11 of the final 14 shots, but Talbot made some big saves to preserve the victory.

Jets forward Kyle Connor, who TSN’s Ray Ferraro described as a “bit banged up,” was not in the lineup for the second straight game.

“It’s been a big loss for the US,” Ferraro added.

Connor has appeared in just four of the US’ nine games, recording two assists.

SF1 - FINLAND 3 vs. RUSSIA 1 Recap
| Highlights | Scoring Summary

Sebastian Aho scored twice to help the Finns advance to the gold-medal game with a 3-1 win over Russia.

Photo courtesy Minas Panagiotakis/HHOF-IIHF Images

With a victory tomorrow, the Finns would become the first team ever to win the Under-18, Junior and Men’s World Championships in the same year.

The Russians got off to a flying start as former Manitoba Moose forward Sergei Shirokov struck for the game’s first goal just 2:52 in. Off a great feed from Jets prospect Ivan Telegin, Shirokov
drove to the net and put home his third of the tournament after Finnish goalie Mikko
Koskinen made the initial save in tight.

The Finns were outshot 10-4 in the opening period, but took over with three goals in less than 13 minutes in the second.

Aho tied things up with the first of two on the night – a power-play marker – at 5:24 of the middle frame. Aho, a second-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, hammered a one-timer through
traffic from the top of the circles, beating goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky low, glove side.

Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen put the Finns in front at 15:49 as he popped the water bottle from the bottom of the right circle. Patrik Laine picked the up the assist, challenging three Russian defenders before sending a beautiful saucer pass across the blue paint, giving Jokinen a clear shot at the yawning cage.
Aho rounded out the scoring just 2:25 later, swatting home a loose on the backhand after Jarno Koskiranta put the puck in Bobrovsky’s feet.

The Finns were under siege for much of the final frame, but Koskinen stood on his head, stopping 13 for a three-period total of 28 on 29 Russian shots.

Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov did not play.

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