Canada reaches semifinals of 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship

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Team Canada is in the semifinals of the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship. On Thursday from Ostrava, Czech Republic, Canada trounced Slovakia 6-1 in the second of four quarterfinal games.

Barret Hayton of Peterborough, Ontario led Canada with three points. The Arizona Coyotes centreman had two goals and one assist. Other Canadian players with a multi-point game were Rimouski Oceanic left winger Alexis Lafreniere of Saint-Eustache, Quebec (one goal and one assist for two points), Lethbridge Hurricanes centre and Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens of Whitehorse, Yukon (two assists), Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Calen Addison of Brandon, Manitoba (two assists) and Erie Otters defenseman Jamie Drysdale of Toronto, Ontario (two assists).

Three other Canadians scored. They were University of North Dakota defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Jacob-Bernard Docker of Canmore, Alberta, London Knights centre and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy of Toronto, Ontario and London Knights centre and Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of Ajax, Ontario.

In the other quarterfinals, Finland beat the United States 1-0, Russia beat Switzerland 3-1 and Sweden shutout the Czech Republic 4-0. Saturday’s semifinals will have Canada facing Finland and Sweden facing Russia. The semifinal winners will play in the championship final on Sunday with the semifinal losers playing in Sunday’s bronze medal game.

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