Abbotsford’s Noah Juulsen and the Canadian world junior hockey team are off to the final four after a big win on Monday.
Team Canada took down the Czech Republic 5-3 in Montreal on Monday to advance to the tournament’s final four for the first time since 2015.
Canada was buoyed by a three-goal second period, and outshot the Czech Republic 41-19.
Juulsen, who regularly plays with the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips, recorded one shot and two penalty minutes for Canada.
Monday’s win was a nice bounce back from Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the United States, which was Canada’s lone loss at the tournament so far. Juulsen also had one shot on goal against the United States.
Canada finished with three wins and one loss in the preliminary round, and also picked up wins over Latvia on Dec. 29, Slovakia on Dec. 27 and Russia on Dec. 26. Juulsen picked up one assist in Canada’s win against Latvia, and fired five shots against Slovakia.
Team Canada takes on Sweden today (Wednesday) at 4:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game to battle the victorious team of the other semi-final game, which features Russia taking on the United States today at noon. The two losing teams will play for the bronze medal.
The bronze-medal game occurs at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the gold-medal game scheduled for 5 p.m.
Both games are at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Canada last won the gold medal in 2015, but has only medalled twice in the previous five tournaments.