Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Confident Ahead of Rematch with Finnish Foes at World Juniors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Confident Ahead of Rematch with Finnish Foes at World Juniors

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Canada confident ahead of rematch with Finnish foes


VANCOUVER - Morgan Frost believes Canada's best game is yet to come this year's world junior hockey championship.

The Canadians lost their final round-robin matchup 2-1 in a tight battle with the Russians on New Year's Eve, but the defending champions have a chance to redeem themselves when they take on Finland on Wednesday.

"It's the quarterfinals so it's kind of win or go home," Frost said. "I think there'll be a lot of emotion but I think you can expect our best game."

The Finns beat Canada 5-2 in pre-tournament action and the Canadians want revenge, Frost said.

"They're obviously a skilled team," said the Philadelphia Flyers prospect. "If you give them too many chances on the power play, they're going to score. So I think we need to stay disciplined and not give up too many scoring chances. They're definitely a dangerous team."

Finland didn't make it past the quarterfinals in last year's tournament, losing in a shootout to the Czech Republic.

This time around, the Finnish roster boasts three current NHL players, including Urho Vaakanainen of the Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators forward Eeli Tolvanen and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Henri Jokiharju.

The team also includes Kaapo Kakko, who's expected to be a high pick in this year's NHL draft.

Still, the squad struggled in the round-robin this year, winning two-of-four games.

Canada won three in a row before the loss to Russia.

The Canadians are confident that they have what it takes to fend of the skilled Finns, especially after seeing them in an exhibition game, Frost said.

"It's good that we played them and we kind of know what to expect now," he said. "We have a game plan going in and we just have to execute it."

Not sticking to the plan was Canada's downfall against Russia on Monday, said head coach Tim Hunter. …

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