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WJC REPORT: Russia, Canada advance to final

by Chris Wescott & Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
Two Oilers prospects are taking part in the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto and Montreal. We are providing daily reports and links to interviews and highlights through to the end of the tournament.

We will also provide updates on the progress of draft eligible players at the tournament.

RUSSIA 4, SWEDEN 1

MONTREAL - Three unanswered goals by Russia gave them the cushion they needed to put a stop to Sweden’s tournament run, 4-1.

Alexander Sharov scored two goals, including the game’s opening tally at 11:18 of the second period.

Ziat Paigin gave Russia a 2-0 lead at 12:50 of the middle frame, on the power play.

Sharov scored his second goal of the game just 1:31 into the third period.

Lucas Wallmark gave Sweden some hope at 11:30 of the third, but it was too little too late. Maxim Mamin potted Russia’s fourth goal just 1:09 after Sweden’s score to take away any momentum.

Oilers prospect and Swedish defenceman William Lagesson finished -1 with two shots on goal.

-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com

CANADA 5, SLOVAKIA 1

TORONTO - Canada advanced to the Finals at the World Juniors after defeating Slovakia by a score of 5-1 at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.  

Curtis Lazar continued his tournament dominance for Canada, setting up Nic Petan for a power play goal just 4:27 into the game.

Slovakia then held Canada off the scoresheet until late in the second period. With 1:54 to play in period two, the teams combined for three goals in a minute and 51 seconds. Nic Petan made it 2-0 Canada, assisted by Lazar and McDavid, followed by Shea Theodore with 28 seconds to go in the middle frame. David Soltes scored with three seconds left in the period to make it a two-goal game at 3-1 Canada heading into the intermission.

2:47 into the third, Canada increased its lead to 4-1 on a goal by Anthony Duclair. Darnell Nurse got an assist on the goal. Petan then scored on the power play, assisted by McDavid and Lazar for his third goal of the night. It was also the third assist for McDavid and Lazar, making it 5-1 for the host country.

Nurse had an assist and led Canada with a +3 rating in the game.  

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Sebastian Aho led all Swedish defencemen in time on ice and was -1 with two penalty minutes. ... Jens Looke had a shot on goal and an even rating for Sweden. ... Connor McDavid had three assists for Canada. ... Logan Crouse had three shots on goal and an even rating for the Canadians.  

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com

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