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WORLD JUNIORS: Medal Coverage

Raphael Lavoie and Canada capture gold over Russia while Philip Broberg and Sweden snag bronze by beating Finland

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers have four prospects competing at this year's IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.

Eighth-overall pick from the 2019 NHL Draft, defenceman Philip Broberg, is suiting up for Sweden.

Also from the 2019 Draft, 38th-overall pick Raphael Lavoie is playing forward for Canada, joined by goaltender Olivier Rodrigue, who was selected 62nd overall in 2018.

The host Czechs feature forward Matej Blumel, whom the Oilers picked 100th overall at the 2019 Draft.

SWEDEN 3 FINLAND 2

Philip Broberg and Sweden captured bronze medals on Sunday with a 3-2 comeback victory over rival Finland.

The Finns jumped out to a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes thanks to goals from Carolina Hurricanes prospect Patrik Puistola and Arizona Coyotes prospect Matias Maccelli, with Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rasmus Sandin scoring for Sweden.

Tre Kronor tallied twice in the middle frame, though, and held on in the third to come from behind and capture the medal. LA Kings prospect Samuel Fagemo scored his tournament-best eighth goal to tie it up and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Linus Oberg notched the eventual game-winner.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Congrats to #Oilers prospect Philip Broberg & Sweden on capturing bronze today in Ostrava with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Finland! 🇸🇪🥉#WorldJuniors | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/eLDNqPNwWi

Broberg played 13:59 for the Swedes in their bronze-medal performance and finished the tournament with one goal, which was the game-winner in their preliminary round matchup vs. Slovakia.

The eighth-overall selection will now return to Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League.

CANADA 4 RUSSIA 3

Canada completed a remarkable third period comeback to beat Russia 4-3 and capture their 18th gold medal as well as their second in the last three years.

Undrafted forward Maxim Sorkin made it a 3-1 Russia lead 8:46 into the third period, presenting Canada with a daunting challenge in the final frame, but Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael cut the deficit to 3-2 just 34 seconds later.

Arizona Coyotes prospect and Canada's captain Barrett Hayton, who left Saturday's semifinal with a shoulder injury, tallied the power-play equalizer at 11:21, followed by LA Kings prospect Akil Thomas notching the eventual game-winner with just 3:58 remaining.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Congrats to #Oilers prospects Raphael Lavoie, Olivier Rodrigue & all of the @HC_WJC squad on capturing GOLD!🇨🇦🥇🇨🇦🥇🇨🇦🥇🇨🇦 #WorldJuniors | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/PL0LLMSgS0

The Russians had a six-on-four advantage in the final minutes with a power play and the goalie pulled, but Canada held off the final push and persevered for the championship.

Raphael Lavoie played 8:51 with a shot on goal in the gold-medal game, finishing the tournament with two assists in a predominantly checking-line role for Canada.

He'll now head back to the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads, with whom he has a team-high 44 points in 30 games.

2021 WORLD JUNIOR TICKET ACCESS

The deadline to sign up for ticket access for next year's World Junior Championship at Rogers Place in Edmonton and Westerner Park Centrium in Red Deer is tonight at 11:59pm MT.

Click HERE to sign up for ticket access.

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