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Canada advanced to the final with an 8-1 victory over Sweden in the semifinals on Wednesday, their second loss to the Swedes after opening the tournament with a 12-1 victory.
Top prospect in the 2023 NHL Draft Connor Bedard led the way on Wednesday with a hat trick while Shane Wright, a top prospect in the 2022 NHL Draft, finished with a high four points (one goal, three assists). ).
Bedard leads Canada in tournament points with 12 (six goals, six assists), while Wright is tied for second with 11 points (seven goals, four assists) despite missing two games. Mason McTavish (five goals, six assists) and Francesco Pinelli (four goals, seven assists) also have 11 points for Canada.
Team Canada goaltender Benjamin Gaudreau leads the tournament with a 2.00 goals against average and .922 save percentage.
Canada has been strong throughout the tournament, winning all of its six games and four of those six wins by seven or more goals. Canada’s 4-2 victory over Latvia in its second game of the tournament was its smallest margin of victory.
The Russians qualified for the gold medal game after beating Finland 6-5 in the semi-finals. It was a revenge for Finland’s 4-3 shootout victory over Russia in the preliminary round.
It was Russia’s only loss of the tournament. They dominated the United States 7-6 in overtime and beat Germany 5-1 and the Czech Republic 11-1 in the preliminary round before advancing to the semi-finals with a 5-2 victory over Belarus. in the quarterfinals.
The Russians have the tournament’s two top scorers at Matvei Michkov and Nikita Chibrikov with 13 points each. Michkov also leads the tournament with 11 goals.
Russian goalkeeper Sergei Ivanov is second behind Gaudreau in the tournament with a GAA of 2.36 and save percentage of 0.920.
Canada will seek its first gold at the tournament since 2013 on Thursday, while Russia last won the tournament in 2007.