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WILLIAM VILLENEUVE & CANADA RED KEEP MEDAL HOPES ALIVE; SEMIFINAL PREVIEW

William Villeneuve defends against Thomas Bordeleau during the quarterfinals on Thursday night.

SAINT JOHN – William Villeneuve and Canada Red have advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Canadians advanced thanks to a thrilling a 2-1 overtime victory over the United States at the Quispamsis qplex on Thursday night. Elliot Desnoyers of the Moncton Wildcats netted the game winner at 4:34 of the extra frame.

Villeneuve and Canada Red now move to Harbour Station where they’ll face Finland in the semifinals tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Finland advanced to the semis following a 4-3 upset win over Jeremie Poirier, Charlie DesRoches and Canada White in Thursday quarterfinal action at Harbour Station. Canada erased a 3-0 deficit but ultimately lost in a shootout.

Poirier had a significant amount of ice time in the game, especially in the late stages of the third period when Canada was down a goal. He finished the contest with one assist – which came on the game tying goal in the final minute of regulation time – to give him three goals and three helpers in four matches.

Canada White will now play Canada Black in a placement game today at 4 p.m. at the qplex.

Josh Lawrence and Canada Black had their medal hopes come to an end with a 4-2 loss to Sweden in quarterfinal play. Lawrence scored his second goal of the tournament in the match, getting Canada on the board with one-minute remaining in the second period by ripping a wrist shot from the circle through the equipment of the Swedish goaltender. The Sea Dogs forward has three goals and two assists in four games.

Friday’s other action will see the Czech Republic take on the United States at noon in Quispamsis in a placement game. The other semifinal will feature Sweden facing Russia at 3 p.m. at Harbour Station.

The bronze medal game will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday while the gold medal match will be held at 7:30 p.m. Both games are at Harbour Station.

 

(Photo Credit: Alex D’Adesse/Hockey Canada Images)

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