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Gallagher And Canada Off To Semi-Final

2012 World Junior Championships

Brendan Gallagher and Team Canada earned a bye right to the semi-finals of the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships thanks to their perfect 4-0 record during group play. In 4 games Gallagher has 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, and is a +4. He leads the team in shots with 22 and was named game MVP in Canada’s 3-2 victory over the USA. With the win over the USA, Don Hay is now 11-0 as a head coach at the World Junior Championships. He went 7-0 in 1995, earning a gold medal.

Canada will play the winner of the Russia/Czech Republic quarter-final game. David Musil has been very strong for the Czech Republic in the tournament, however he did not play in their last round robin game after taking a hit to the head in the Czech’s 5-2 victory over the USA. He will be a game time decision for tomorrow’s quarter-final which starts at 6:00 pm PST in Calgary.

The other quarter-final will feature Marek Tvrdon and Slovakia taking on Finland at 3:00 pm PST at the Saddledome in Calgary. In 4 games Tvrdon has 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, and is even. The winner of that game will go on to play Sweden in the semi-final. Both semi-finals take place Tuesday in Calgary.

2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge

Jackson Houck, Anthony Ast, and Team Pacific will wrap up round robin play Monday vs. the USA at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario. So far Team Pacific is a perfect 3-0. Ast has been held off the scoresheet in all 3 games, while Houck has a pair of assists. Team Pacific has never won this event. Ontario has won 3 of the last 4 tournaments. The gold medal game will be played Wednesday night.

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