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After a round robin filled with blowouts, four of the closest games of the entire tournament were played at the quarterfinals of the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship in 2021

Germany fought a brave fight against Russia and kept most of the game close. Unfortunately, they couldn’t score more than once against Yaroslav Askarow and their tournament ended when Russia won 2-1

Sweden took an early 2-0 lead and looked like it would be an easy quarter-final win.But Finland dug in, pushed back and completed one of the most impressive comebacks: The winning goal was scored less than 30 seconds ahead of Sweden to pack with a 3-2 win

Although Canada beat the Czech Republic 3-0, it was far from an easy win. The Czechs pushed Canada hard throughout the game and made it difficult for their offensive to attack much of the game take

Slovakia went head to toe with the US for most of the game, fighting their way back to a one-goal game after falling 3-0 towards the end of matchday three, but the US pulled back for a 5th : 2 win back to secure a place in the semi-finals

Finland looked defeated and ready to go home after the first half. But to their credit they increased the pace enormously for the remaining 40 minutes and overwhelmed Sweden at every turn

While Finland faced some difficulties when their first tie target was not allowed due to an offside challenge, they weren’t put off, if anything, it served as motivation for the rest of the game

At the head of the indictment were Finland’s front runners Anton Lundell, Roni Hirvonen and Kasper Simontaival Lundell tied the game around the middle of the third half and the trio outperformed the Swedish defense on every shift

But it was Hirvonen, a prospect from Toronto Maple Leafs, who ended up being the Finns hero. Hirvonen’s goal came at the perfect time Finland pressed tirelessly and Sweden didn’t have much time to finish the game afterwards

Although defender Ville Heinola was named Player of the Game in the end, Hirvonen was without a doubt Finland’s best striker of the game. He and his roommates refused to give up and were rewarded in the end

Finland’s path to the medal will not be easier from here. The semi-finals will be played in a few days against the powerhouse USA

It’s fitting that Cole Caufield finally landed back on the scoresheet the night the US recovered from last year’s early quarter-finals

The American sniper who turns 20 Celebrated its birthday with the victory of Team USA, had only one goal in the quarterfinals and many fans were disappointed by its lack of production

He changed that with a brilliant shot in the second phase that went tight and gave the US a 3-0 lead, a goal that would be considered the eventual winner

Caufield probably could have scored a few more goals had it not been for brilliant goalkeeper Simon Latkoczy and the goal post, Latkoczy kept the game close as the US showered him with shots and robbed Caufield more than once

The way the American players celebrated Caufield’s goal was a testament to how badly they wanted to score him

On a night when top scorer Trevor Zegras was rather calm and badass during the game, it was a relief to see another member of the United States rise up offensively

Now the US is up against Finland in a rematch against a game before the tournament that the US won 3-2

Devon Levi may not have been named Canada’s Player of the Game against the Czech Republic, but he was sensational in a 29-point performance

Canada got off to a quick start again with goals from Dylan Cozens and Bowen Byram and a 2-0 lead

But for the rest of the game, the Czech Republic suspended the Canadian offensive, apart from Connor McMichael’s clean sheet at the end

Returning to the matchbook they used to piss off Russia in the round robin, the annoying Czechs almost sparked another surprise against Canada.They were the first team to not only beat Canada but also more than 20 shots on goal scored

The difference maker in this game was Levi Canada couldn’t figure out how to stop the Czech attack, and Levi was on his own to close the door and made several direct saves to keep Canada’s lead

Levi looked calm in the crease all night, and even felt confident enough to shoot the empty net when Canada tied a penalty kick in the final seconds of the third period

Canada is approaching the impossible: replaying as gold medalists at the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship, however, to get there, a challenging Russian team stands in their way.It will be a rematch of the pre-tournament game where Canada 1-0 won

Canada needs to step up the intensity to win, which was missing for much of their quarterfinal game, but if Levi can continue to play the way he did, Canada is in good hands

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