A picture served as the driving force of goalkeeper Devon Levi as he and the other Canadian players waited in their hotel rooms to be quarantined – to play gold at the Junior Hockey World Championship

After beating Russia 5-0 in the semi-finals on Monday, Canada will try to defend its title against the USA on Tuesday

“The image of (playing for gold) has probably been our driving force since we got here,” Levi said in a video call after the win on Monday. “We have invested a lot? It’s a great feeling that we are here and arrived here But the work is not done yet ”


The move between Canada and Russia on Monday was a rematch of last year’s gold medal game, in which the Canadians fought their way back from a deficit to a dramatic 4-3 victory

Alex Newhook returned from injury and brought the host country into play in just 59 seconds

There have been concerns that the Colorado Avalanche from Corner Brook, NL.would not return to the tournament after an upper body injury in Canada’s last group game against Finland on New Year’s Eve

He missed Saturday’s quarter-final against the Czech Republic but looked healthy on Monday when he scored his third goal of the tournament on his first shift

Newhook’s shot hit the back bar of the Russian net and jumped back out before anyone registered the goal.The game continued until the goal horn sounded and officials checked the video as Newhook’s teammates congratulated him on the bench

“I had no idea I thought it was straight crossbar and out,” Newhook said. “But seeing the video after that was definitely a good feeling”

Connor McMichael, Cole Perfetti and Braden Schneider added goals for the defending champions, and Dylan Cozens sealed the result with an empty nice

The 19-year-old from Whitehorse, Yukon, also had two assists in the game with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) he leads the tournament in the standings

The Russian goalkeeper Yaroslav Askarow tried at times to hold on to his stick and stopped 30 of 34 shots

Levi had 28 saves to score his third shutout of the tournament In 2006 he set a record set by Canadian Justin Pogge

“It’s something you might want to see after the tournament, but the job isn’t done,” Levi

said

Russia came into the game less than three minutes ahead in the second half, only to fail to score

Canadian defender Justin Barron got tangled up in a Russian power game with Levi, preventing the goalkeeper from getting over the net in time to stop a shot from Mikhail Abramov

The Russians were partying, but Canada quickly challenged the offside entry request.After review, officials agreed and waved off the target

The Russians just didn’t have enough energy and power to generate the strange onslaught they needed to overthrow the Canadians, Larionov

said

“Team Canada played a good, solid game, they were solid defensively and very efficient offensively,” he said

There would be pressure no matter who played the team, said Canadian coach Andre Tourigny, before knowing his opponent

“This tournament is very emotional and you want to be in the last game,” he said “You want to be part of something special and this last game is going to be special”

Ever since Tourigny got together for the selection camp in mid-November, he has been telling his players to be prepared for adversity

“The way the leaders and the player deal with adversity every time makes the difference to me,” said Tourigny

“It’s a very tough tournament, there is still a lot of hockey to play here? Tomorrow will be a damn good game”

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