Welcome to the end of the World Juniors! It’s been awhile, but we’ve made it finally to the point where every game has stakes! Let’s go over it one last time before tonight!
Bronze Medal Game - Russia vs. Finland - 5:30pm
Both Finland and Russia gave it their all in the semifinals, but ultimately couldn’t overcome sheer talent, an honest problem to have. Russia’s defense and goaltending got pretty badly worked over by Canada, and while Finland tried to pull a fast one on the Americans, they ultimately couldn’t cut the difference between the two in terms of shooting power.
Now, the only thing left to do is to break each other over the most ancient of mankind’s friends: Bronze. One side is all heart and wild skill, and the other is singlemindedly furious in their forecheck if they ever go down a goal. We can speculate who might win, but the reality is that this game will probably be pretty good no matter what.
The good news is that, no matter what, a Bruins prospect ends up winning a medal since both are here! So feel free to cheer for whoever you want!
Gold Medal Game - Canada vs. USA - 9:30pm
This gold medal game represents not only the best that Hockey Canada can provide, but also what the NCAA/US National Development Program can as well. They are faster than fast, their skill is unstoppable, their goaltenders are hot, and their systems are strong.
But who’s is stronger?
Canada, as always, is the team to beat here. They come at you like tidal wave after tidal wave, very few mistakes, and very few missed opportunities. If they want this, all they have to do is play their game, trust their defense, and trust Levi with the rest. The US on the other hand, plays a system that plays best to their strengths: fast, aggressive as hell, maybe a little herky-jerky, definitely can be surprised a bit if they’re up a goal or two, but absolutely the only squad that could hope to match Canada’s.
Whichever the result, this game is going to rule. Hats off to both sides for being the odd’s on favorites.