Three Calgary Flames prospects made it to the semifinals at the World Juniors 2018. Let’s see how they did and who will be playing in the Gold medal game.
Three of the six Calgary Flames prospects at the 2018 World Juniors made it to the semifinals. Adam Fox of Team USA played against Linus Lindstrom and Team Sweden and Captain Dillon Dube of Team Canada played against Team Czech Republic.
Sweden beat the USA 4-2 and Canada beat Czech Republic 7-2. We’ll start with the Sweden and USA game.
The USA definitely had a lot of chances and throughout the game, seemed like they should have one. But one bad powerplay was the death of them. They had a powerplay, great right? Well.. not so much. On that penalty for Sweden, they managed to score two shorthanded goals on that penalty in the third period. Who took that penalty? None other than Linus Lindstrom.
He also had an assist on Sweden’s opening goal of the game that came on the powerplay. Lindstrom finished the game playing 11:15 minutes of ice-time and being on the ice for one of USA’s goals against. He’ll be playing for the Gold medal.
Adam Fox didn’t have as good of a game and wasn’t his regular Fox self. He had just one shot on goal in the first period, was a -1 to finish the game, but he still played 24:34 minutes of ice-time – the highest in the States.
Since the USA lost, they named the three players of the tournament for Team USA and Fox was named one of the stars! He has one goal and five points through six games at the tournament and he’ll be playing for the Bronze medal against Team Czech Republic.
Next, we have Team Canada vs. Team Czech Republic with a dominating win by the Canadians in a dominating powerplay. Czech opened up the scoring which is the first time that Canada had allowed the first goal. But they definitely came back. The game-tying goal in the first period came on the powerplay, and while Dillon Dube didn’t get a point on it, he was still on the ice when it happened and made plays on that PP.
Dube finished the game with one point and five shots, a tie for the team-lead. He played 18:01 minutes of ice-time, the highest among the Canadian forwards. He’ll be playing Linus Lindstrom and Team Sweden in hopes of getting that Gold medal after that upset by Team USA last year.
Three Calgary Flames prospects have the opportunity to walk away with medals! Who will be watching?