Canada Czechia World Junior Championship semifinal preview

Even after going undefeated within the preliminary spherical and topping Switzerland 6-3 within the quarter-finals, the speak coming from Team Canada is that they’re struggling to place collectively a full 60 minutes on the World Junior Championship.

Canada’s head coach Dave Cameron referred to Wednesday’s contest as “the dreaded quarter-final game” and stated he knew it was going to be a problem.

“Any time you’re going against a team that has no pressure on them, they’re going to be loosey-goosey,” Cameron advised TSN after the sport. “Give them credit. I thought they came at us a little bit. We were a little bit slow … but found a way.”

Cameron stopped in need of saying that Canada’s strategy was additionally loosey-goosey in letting Switzerland hold round within the recreation.

“We were just maybe a little casual and just get into that scenario where the thing wasn’t going good for us and maybe we tightened up a little bit,” stated Cameron. “But we found a way. We stuck with it, which is what we said we were going to have to do to succeed in this tournament.”

Watch Canada vs. Czechia on Friday at 4 p.m. ET/1p.m. PT on TSN4/5, and the TSN App.

Heading into their semifinal matchup towards Czechia on Friday, the main focus for Canada stays on discovering methods to win.

“Now it’s best on best,” stated Cameron. “You’re towards the very best gamers, the very best coaches, the very best groups, so you might have to have the ability to discover a method.

“The great thing about it is it gives guys an opportunity to step up. At the end of the day, whoever wins this tournament is going to have the best team.”

As Canada prepares for Czechia, who they defeated 5-1 final Saturday, it’s unsure whether or not centre Ridly Greig shall be accessible. Greig was dominated out for the rest of Wednesday’s recreation after taking a success from Switzerland’s Vincent Despont within the first interval.

“No update. Got banged up there and we kept him out, so I’ll talk to the doctors here after we get a day off [Thursday], and we’ll go from there,” Cameron stated on Wednesday, whereas additionally referring to Greig because the workforce’s finest participant.

“Any time to you take your best player out of the lineup, it affects you in all situations … but some other guys came in there and stepped up and hopefully we get Ridly back,” stated Cameron.

Defenceman Olen Zellweger says the workforce is assured and excited for Friday’s recreation however believes that it’s nonetheless looking out for a whole effort. 

“I think we still got things to work on, but we’re definitely progressing in the right direction and our best games are yet to come,” stated Zellweger.

Sweden will tackle Finland within the different semifinal recreation on Friday.

Canada has reached the rostrum in 4 of the previous 5 tournaments, together with gold medals in 2018 and 2020. Canada final received gold on residence soil in 2015.

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