WJC 2019 Semi-Final Recap


The United States and Finland emerged victorious from Friday’s Semi-Final action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The two nations will meet for gold on Saturday while Russia squares off against Switzerland for bronze. Here’s a closer look at Friday’s action.


San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) scored what would stand as the game winner as the United States punched its ticket to Saturday’s Gold Medal Game with a 2-1 win over Russia in Vancouver.

Oliver Wahlstrom opened the scoring with 5:31 left in the opening frame before Chmelevski put the U.S. up by two 4:20 into the second. Russia’s Grigori Denisenko would cut the American lead in half with 6:24 to spare in the second, but that’s all the offence the Russians could muster as Cayden Primeau turned aside 34 shots for the win.

Russia outshot the United States 35-27 but will look to return to the podium on Saturday when they face Switzerland for bronze at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT.

The United States will meet Finland for gold on Saturday at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.



Finland stormed out to a 4-0 first period lead and never looked back, defeating Switzerland 6-1 to advance to Saturday’s Gold Medal Game.

Florida Panthers prospect and former Swift Current Broncos forward Aleksi Heponiemi had a goal and three assists for Finland while Rasmus Kupari picked up a goal and two helpers and Aarne Talvitie scored twice. Former Portland Winterhawks defenceman Henri Jokiharju and Jesse Ylonen also scored for the Finns as they outshot Switzerland 33-17.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves) stood tall, turning aside 15 shots, surrendering Switzerland’s lone goal off the stick of Chicago Blackhawks prospect Philipp Kurashev (Quebec Remparts).

Switzerland looks to seize a historic opportunity on Saturday, looking to secure their first bronze medal at the World Juniors since 1998. They’ll have to get through a high-powered Russian team to achieve that goal when the puck drops at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT.

Finland and the United States will both be playing for their fifth-ever gold medal at the World Juniors when the puck drops on the big dance at Rogers Arena on Saturday at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.



Kazakhstan will return to the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2020 while Denmark will be relegated following a 4-0 Kazakh victory in Vancouver.

Demid Yeremeyev stopped all 25 shots he faced while Kazakhstan scored four times on 17 shots to defeat Denmark for a second-straight game and secure their place in next year’s World Juniors.

Sayan Daniyar and Davyd Makutskiscored first period markers before Artur Gatiyatov tacked on a pair in the third to seal the deal.

Kazakhstan returns to the World Juniors in 2020 to make their seventh-ever appearance in the top group, following past assignments from 1998-2001 as well as 2008, 2009 and 2018.



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