2021 IIHF World Junior Championships: Semifinal Recap
Canada/USA for the Gold, Russia/Finland for Bronze
Canada-5, Russia- 0
From the get-go Canada had their foot on the accelerator. Alex Newhook came into the game like a man possessed and his line of himself, Krebs, and Jack Quinn took control of the game from the early going to give Canada their first goal.
Newhook returns, NEWHOOK SNIPES! 1-0 for Canada #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/MXkyw8gGEh— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 4, 2021
Quinn ended up with a secondary assist as he passed to Schneider who gave it to Newhook at the blue line and he put on a one-man show to score the opening goal.
Dylan Cozens ended up with two secondary assists and an empty net goal to put him just 6 points back from Eric Lindros’ all-time team Canada points leader in the World Juniors. With two points in the gold medal game he will pass Jordan Eberle and Brayden Schenn and be in sole possession of second all time in World Junior Championship points for team Canada.
After being hooked on a breakaway; Cozens had a chance to add to his goal total with a penalty shot but Askarov made a miraculous save with his skate.
Dylan Cozens DENIED by the skate of Azkarov on the penalty shot 🙅♂️ #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/Ash7pQwaZX— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2021
Cozens ended the game with 16:53 in ice time, 3 points, and 6 shots,
Jack Quinn continued to show his defensive ability tonight while playing alongside Krebs and Newhook. The trio looked to be the best line for Canada to begin the game, and Quinn’s physical presence was made known as he was able to generate a few turnovers by throwing his body around on the forecheck.
Quinn finished the night with with 15:49 in ice time, 1 assist, and 1 shot on goal. Quinn was carried by Newhook (and to a lesser extent Krebs) in the possession game tonight. The Cozens line 5v5 wasn’t anything to write home about, but Cozens was able to capitalize on a secondary power play assist and a great pass from Pelletier to McMichael 5v5.
Here are the individual Zone Exit & Zone Entry stats for Team Canada from the game vs Russia in SF1 at the #WorldJuniors.— Mikael Nahabedian (@hunterofstats) January 5, 2021
Dominating performance for Team Canada tonight. Newhook was excellent. Canada will face the winner of the FIN v USA game in the Final, tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/T0vB7Nx7A6
Ryan Johnson continues to shine in the World Juniors. He had almost 20 minutes of ice time and continues to be a bright spot in the USA defense in terms of defensive zone break ups and transition play. After a poor DY+1 year in Minnesota last year; Johnson seems to be on a very positive trajectory with his start in Minnesota and now in the World Juniors.
For one, his puck retrieval ability is eons better than it was last year in Minnesota.
Nvm the icing because thats on the forward. Ryan Johnson in a nutshells in puck retrieval pic.twitter.com/lJXa14MJoC— eh_brahs (@BrassMaster418) January 5, 2021
Not only that but his controlled exits (which I was concerned with going into this year) data has been amongst the best in the tournament.
Controlled Zone Exit Leaders at the #WorldJuniors after Day 7:— Mikael Nahabedian (@hunterofstats) January 1, 2021
🇺🇸 Jake Sanderson - 21.83 Controlled Exits/60
🇷🇺 Artemi Knyazev - 21.20
🇺🇸 Ryan Johnson - 19.30
🇫🇮 Mikko Kokkonen - 19.25
🇫🇮 Eemil Viro - 18.88
🇺🇸 Drew Helleson - 18.83
🇫🇮 Topi Niemela - 18.53
If you don’t believe me that Ryan Johnson has improved dramatically from last year to this year...here’s a few national scouts giving their own opinions:
psst ryan johnson is good— Hannah Stuart (@HockeywthHannah) January 5, 2021
Ryan Johnson was a @BuffaloSabres pick back in 2019. He's been stellar though!— Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) January 3, 2021
While Brock Faber really mitigated my optimism for Johnson in Minnesota; Johnson anchoring his own pairing here in the WJC has shown his ability to play as the central transition facilitator and still anchor the backend defensively.
Tonight Johnson finished with 19:59 in ice time with 0 points and 0 shots on goal.
Up Next - Tuesday, January 5
Russia/Finland (Bronze Medal game): 5:30pm EST
USA/Canada (Gold medal game): 9:30pm EST