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WORLD JUNIOR/UNDER-17 REPORT

Team Canada finished a perfect 4-0 at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta and were granted a bye in to the semi-finals where they were upset 6-5 by Team Russia.  Canada will now play Team Finland for the Bronze medal on Thursday night.   

After defeating Team Finland 8-1, Canada shut-out the Czech Republic 5-0 and then skated to a 10-2 thumping of Team Denmark, leaving only a showdown with the US that didn’t mean as much as fans had hoped.

The Americans dropped games to Team Finland and the Czech Republic which eliminated them from medal contention, and Team Canada pushed them to 1-3 for the tournament after skating to a 3-2 victory. 

Barrie Colts forwards Mark Scheifele and Tanner Pearson had their best game against the Czech Republic as Pearson set up Scheifele for a pair of nice goals. 

Scheifele finished the round-robin portion with two goals and one assist, while Pearson has four assists.

Ivan Telegin and the rest of Team Russia defeated Team Switzerland 3-0, Slovakia 3-1 and then laid a pounding on Team Latvia Thursday night by a score of 14-0.  Their only loss came to Team Sweden who won Pool A with a 4-0 record and were granted a bye in to the semi-finals against Team Finland. 

Winnipeg Jets product and Barrie Colt forward Ivan Telegin recorded one goal and one assist in five games.

In Windsor another pair of Colts are representing Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Defencemen Aaron Ekblad and Alex Yuill are playing for their province and will look to bring home a bronze medal when they take on Team Sweden Wednesday afternoon.  Team Ontario defeated Team Germany 5-0, Team Sweden 7-2, Atlantic Canada 3-0 and Team Quebec 6-2, but lost to Team Russia in the semi-finals by a score of 4-3 in overtime.  

Ekblad, the first overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection, has one goal and two assists and teammate Alex Yuill picked up one helper. 

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