It’s a rematch of last year’s quarter-final game, in which the Finns edged out the Canadians with a sudden death winner.
Canada eased through their quarter-final tie against Slovakia on Thursday afternoon with a comprehensive 6-1 victory, with a four-goal blitz in the second period proving decisive.
The Canadian goals came from Barrett Hayton (who scored twice), Connor McMichael, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Liam Foudy and Alexis Lafreniere. Goalie Joel Hofer, now firmly established as first-choice, made 17 saves.
More good news for the Canadians was that after missing the best part of three games with a knee injury, Lafreniere came through unscathed against the Slovaks.
Defending champions Finland had a more difficult route to the last four, with their quarter-final putting them up against the team they beat in last year’s gold medal decider, the USA.
Once again it was the Finns who prevailed to break American hearts with a 1-0 win in a very tight game.
Joonas Oden scored the only goal of the game in the third period. Justus Annunen saved 30 shots for Finland.
As one would anticipate at this stage of the tournament, this is a tough game to call. Finland’s form in the group stage was somewhat mixed, but they raised their game against the USA.
Canada U20 vs Finland U20 IIHF Betting Lines & Pick
Team Canada have recovered well from their 6-0 rout at the hands of Russia and having Alexis Lafreniere back in the fold is a major boost.
With regards to Canada vs Finland IIHF picks, we’ll take Canada as the tips to edge this on this occasion.