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Team Canada to Face Russian Rivals for Gold
Madison Bowey (Caps Outsider)
As the Holiday season comes to a close, so does the IIHF World Juniors, with one day of games left in the tournament. After Sunday’s semi-final games setting the path for the gold and bronze medal games, Team Canada is set to play Team Russia, after a somewhat surprising 4-1 win from Russia over Sweden, while Sweden will play Slovakia for the bronze medal after Slovakia’s loss to Canada.
Despite Sweden’s group-leading performance throughout the tournament, they fell to Russia in the semi-final game. While many were, perhaps, expecting a Sweden-Canada final, Sweden can still medal in Monday’s game against Slovakia at four in the afternoon. Canada, however, will face long-time rivals at eight in the evening, when they play the Russian team in the tournament final for gold.
This also opens up the possibility for a little friendly betting within the Capitals team, which is home to a number of Russians and Canadians who have proven in the past to wear their countries on their sleeves.
Capitals fans will want to keep an eye on Team Canada’s Madison Bowey, the final Caps prospect remaining in the tournament. The defencemen, who currently plays for the Kelowna Rockets, where he leads his team in points among defencemen with 33 this season, has also faired well points-wise this tournament, with 4 points in 6 games, though his presence on the ice has been more beneficial than his points alone. Hopefully his play is a good example of what is to come as he continues to develop through his final year in the Canadian Hockey League.
Both medal games will be played on Monday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.