Gauthier leads Canada to semi-final berth
It was not an ideal start for Team Canada. They would enter the first intermission trailing on a strange goal by David Kase of the Czech Republic, the puck would take a funny bounce off of an official and past Connor Ingram. They were outplayed by the Czechs throughout that period.
At the 3:45 mark of the second Canada would answer with a goal from Blake Speers and then Mitchell Stephens would add another tally to give them the lead. Stephens had just returned from injury.
Canada could only hold that lead for less than two minutes before Czech player of the game Tomas Soustal would answer. Canada was able to respond with a goal from Thomas Chabot who looked very impressive as he has all tournament long to make it 3-2.
In the third Canada would make it 4-2 on a goal from Val-D’or Foreur Julien Gauthier, The Czechs then would make it 4-3 before the Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC native made it 5-3 with his second goal of the night to put it away. Chabot would assist on that one.
Canada survived the stressful start and will now move on to face the Swedes, who will be very tough competition. The Swedes handled the Slovaks by a score of 8-3 to move to the semi-final. That game will be played at 8:30 P.M AST.
Meanwhile the United states will play Russia in the other semi-final going at 4:00 P.M. AST. The World Junior Bronze and Gold medal games will be played on January 5.