Sweden and Russia are going to compete for a spot on Sunday’s gold medal – and that should be good.
The Swedes have not lost a game yet and easily beat the host Czechs in the quarter-finals. A team of talented jams put on a tournament-high 25 goals, allowing fewer (eight). Vancouver Canucks prospect Nils Hoglander leads the tournament with 10 points (five goals, five assists). Samuel Fagemo, the Los Angeles Kings’ second round pick in 2019, is the first to score six goals. Toronto Maple Leafs Defenseman Rasmus Sandin has been hit in this one – taking a few balls in his hand – but it was a major offensive threat with five assists.
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Russia enters the semi-finals with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland. Yaroslav Askarov had an up-and-down tournament, but stopped 14 of 15 shots on the net on Thursday. Expected to reach the draft by 2020, a rarity for backstops, it will be back between the pipes on Saturday. The Russians have a balanced lineup and regularly cross four lines that can bury it. Five of the skaters are tied with six points: Nikita Allendor (goal, five assists), Kirill Marchenko (two goals, four assists), Dmitry Voronkov (three goals, three goals) (two goals, four assists).
Sporting News has all the action as Sweden and Russia go for a gold medal game at the World Youth Championships.
Sweden vs Russia scores, points out of Juniors 2020 world semifinal
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Sweden vs. Russia in the first semifinal of the day. Hugo Alnefelt (TBL) vs. Yaroslav Askarov (2020) in a rematch between the U18 gold medal game goalkeepers, which was an epic game. Both teams have all the skaters. This could turn out to be the best game of the tournament. pic.twitter.com/t1NYxmQtvv
– Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) January 4, 2020