The 2020 World Junior Hockey Finals are nearly completed, with the two teams slated for the championship having been selected. This comes after most sports analysts claimed that Canada would fight against Russia for the championship cup, which hasn’t been the case for nine years.
Ivan Morozov, who the Vegas Knights have rights on, allowed Russia to conquer Sweden during an overtime period. Morozov scored two goals and was responsible for leading Russia to a 5 – 4 victory and a spot in the gold medal game against Canada. After guarantying their final placement in the championship, Morozov was seen collecting the winning puck and skating towards his goaltender. Hugo Alnefelt was given the winning puck for his capabilities at defending against Sweden, a team that displayed their most reliable offensive in years.
The Russian National Juniors team now walks into the championship title against Canada, seeking their first cup-victory since 2011. The final takes place on January 5th, 2020 and will be one of the most significant matches of the new decade. Sweden will now compete against Finland for the Bronze Cup placement. This comes after Alexander Khovanov acquired one goal in the first period, with Yegor Sokolov scoring two goals in the third period. When Morozov cemented his two final goals during overtime, Sweden lost its gold cup placement. This was even with the formidable performances displayed by Samuel Fagemo, Nil Lundkvist and Ramus Sandin. Losing this matchup comes as a horrible outcome for Sweden’s Juniors, who received public support.
Canada Facing Against Russia
After not performing as expected throughout the first matches in the World Juniors 2020, Canada was looking for redemption. After re-evaluating themselves, the national team displayed numerous performances where they dominated over competitors. It resulted in the Canadian Juniors acquiring semi-final placement against Finland. Within the first four minutes of their matchup, the Canadians earned four goals on net. The defencemen and Head Goalie for Canada displayed incredible talent, not allowing for one shot to make the net. It prompted a 5 – 0 victory for the Canadian National Team.
This win wasn’t a walk in the park for Canada though, as they experienced challenges throughout the 75 minutes of playtime. Barret Hayton suffered an injury throughout the third period, prompting one of Canada’s star players to be benched unexpectedly. It should be noted that this win comes after the Canadians lost to the Finnish last year on their home soil. This victory is a significant leap forward for Dale Hunter, the Head Coach for the Canadian. Going forward they look to defeat Russia and acquire championship victory.