Abbotsford’s Juulsen, Team Canada playing for gold

Canada battles the United States for world junior hockey gold at 5 p.m.

Abbotsford's Noah Juulsen (far right) celebrates with his Team Canada teammates following a tournament win.

Abbotsford's Noah Juulsen (far right) celebrates with his Team Canada teammates following a tournament win.

Abbotsford’s Noah Juulsen and the Canadian world junior hockey team get a chance to regain the gold for Canada today (Thursday) against the United States at 5 p.m.

Canada advanced to the tournament final after a 5-2 win over Sweden on Wednesday.

Juulsen recorded his second assist of the tournament against Sweden, setting up Dylan Strome’s goal that put Canada up 4-2.

He was a team best plus-2 against Sweden, and also fired one shot on goal.

The win ensures at least a silver medal for Canada, an improvement from 2016 when the team finished sixth.

The United States defeated Russia 4-3 in a shootout yesterday to also punch their ticket to the final. The Americans won bronze in 2016.

The two teams met on Dec. 31 in the round robin stage, with the United States beating Canada 3-1. The setback was Canada’s lone loss in the tournament.

The bronze medal game between Sweden and Russia dropped the puck at 12:30 p.m, and is currently in progress. Both the bronze and gold medal games occur at the Bell Centre in Montreal.