2009 World Junior Hockey Championships: Canada Qualifies for the Semis

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 1, 2009

Yesterday, Team Canada completed their pool round at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships with a match versus Team USA. A 7-4 victory over the USA sent Canada directly into the semifinal round of the tournament.

Team Canada's lack of discipline gave the early opportunity to Team USA, who scored three times to take a 3-0 lead. Kevin Shattenkirk, Jimmy Hayes, and Jim O'Brien scored on Canadian goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who did well after the early American flurry.

But once again, John Tavares was at the origin of the Canadian comeback. Still in the first period, Tavares scored two goals in a span of 48 seconds to reduce USA's lead to a single goal. Then Jordan Eberle tied the game at three before the first period was over.

Team Canada took the lead during the second period when Zach Boychuk sent one past goaltender Thomas McCollum during a man advantage. Canada scored a total of four goals on seven attempts on the power play during the game.

John Tavares completed his hat trick in the empty net with only a few seconds to play.

Team USA will play Slovakia in a quarterfinal match.

Other scores:

Sweden 5 - Russia 0
Slovakia 3 - Finland 2
Czech Republic 10 - Kazakhstan 2

(Picture: Canadian Press)

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