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Dylan Garrand made 31 saves, Kent Johnson scored a goal and two assists as Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-2 on Friday to advance to the World Junior Hockey Championship game.
Canada will take on Sweden 1-0 winner Finland in the second semi-final for the title on Saturday night.
“It’s exciting to be at the moment, but the hardest thing lies ahead,” Garand said.
“We have to do the right things here, get the right rest, recover and be ready to go.”
For Finland, Kasper Putio scored on the power play of the second period and Juha Jatkola made 23 saves. Jesper Walstad intercepted 27 shots for Sweden.
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Logan Stankoven added a goal and an assist to help Canada improve to 6–0. Conor Bedard, Mason McTavish and Joshua Roy also scored.
Stankoven teamed up with Garand for three seasons with the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League.
“He has been steady and solid in every way,” Stankoven said.
“He’s just so focused and ready to go into every game.”
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Jan Masak and David Jirisek scored for Czech Republic. Tomas Suchanek made 22 saves in the first two periods and Pavel Kajan intercepted eight shots in the third.
“They’re a good team and they haven’t really taken off their game at all,” Stankoven said.
The Czech Republic defeated the United States 4-2 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
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