Rangers prospect David Kveton completed his run at the World Junior Championships on Thursday by helping the Czech Republic to a fifth-place finish.
The Czechs beat Finland 6-2 in their final game of the tournament, played in Leksand, Sweden. The win came just two days after Kveton's team fell to host Sweden in the quarterfinals. They finished the World Juniors with a 3-3-0 record.
Friday's gold-medal game will feature four Blueshirts draft picks. Marc Staal, Tom Pyatt and Marc-Andre Cliche will skate for Canada against a Russian team that includes Artem Anisimov.
Kveton played on the Czech Republic's fourth line on Thursday. He did not record any points or taken any penalties.
In a relegation-round game on Thursday in Mora, Sweden, Rangers prospect Tomas Zaborsky's Slovak team crushed Belarus 9-0. The victory was Slovakia's first win of the tournament, and Zaborsky picked up a goal and an assist in the game.
Slovakia finished the tournament at 1-5, good for eighth place in the 10-team field.
Thursday's outing the highest-scoring game of the tournament for the Rangers' 2006 fifth-round draft pick, who currently plays for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. Zaborsky led all players with six shots on goal on Thursday, and he finished the game with a plus-2 rating.
Zaborsky scored the Slovaks' seventh goal with only eight seconds remaining in the second period. He earlier had the lone assist on Slovakia's fifth goal, scored by Julius Sinkovic at 10:54 of the second.