SAINT JOHN – William Villeneuve and Canada Red will play for bronze at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The Canadian squad fell 5-2 to Finland in Friday night’s semifinal at Harbour Station, meaning they’ll face Sweden in the tournament’s bronze medal match against on Saturday afternoon. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Harbour Station.
Finland advances to play Russia in the gold medal game. Game time for that contest is 7:30 p.m. at Harbour Station.
Despite the loss, Villeneuve had a strong game, picking up another pair of assists. He now has four helpers in five games at the tournament.
Earlier in the day, the two other Canadian teams met at the qplex in a placement game. Josh Lawrence and Canada Black defeated Jeremie Poirier, Charlie DesRoches and Canada White 5-3 to finish fifth overall.
All three Sea Dogs put up solid numbers at the tournament. Lawrence ends the event with two goals and an assist in five games; Poirier had three goals and three assists in five matches; and DesRoches recorded a goal and an assist in five contests.
In Friday afternoon’s seventh-place game at the qplex, the Czech Republic defeated the United States 2-1.
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