Canada advances to semifinals of 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship

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Team Canada is in the final four of the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Alberta.  On Saturday, Canada won their quarterfinal game by a score of 3-0 over the Czech Republic.

In Canada’s win, it was a strong performance by their goaltender, Devon Levi of Montreal, Quebec. The Northeastern University product who played last year with the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League, recorded his second shutout of the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships. He previously shutout Switzerland 10-0 on December 29.

In the Canadian win over the Czech Republic on Saturday, Canada was actually outshot 29-25 by the Czech Republic, but Levi came up big with some huge saves. He had 12 saves in the first period, six saves in the second period, and 11 saves in the third period.

Three Canadians had a multi-point game. Dylan Cozens of Whitehorse, Yukon, and Connor McMichael of Ajax, Ontario, each had one goal and one assist for two points. Meanwhile, Peyton Krebs of Okotoks, Alberta, had two assists. Canada’s other goal scorer was captain Bowen Byram of Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Canada will now play Russia in the semifinals. On Saturday, Russia beat Germany 2-1. The other quarterfinal games saw the United States beat Slovakia 5-2, and Finland comeback to beat Sweden 3-2. The semifinal matches between Canada and Russia, as well as Finland versus the United States, will be on Monday. The gold medal game will be on Tuesday.

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