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World juniors: Canada routs defending champion Finland 5-0

Finland's Peetro Seppala, left, checks Canada's Barett Hayton, right, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Finland and Canada in O...
Canada's Alexis Lafreniere controls the puck during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Finland and Canada in Ostrava, Czech Republic, S...
Canada's Ty Dellandrea, right, celebrates with Canada's Aidan Dudas, left, after scoring his sides fourth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifi...
Canada's Barett Hayton controls the puck during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Finland and Canada in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Satur...
Finland's Kristian Tanus, left, and Finland's Peetro Seppala, right, challenge Canada's Liam Foudy, center, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal...
In this picture taken with slow shutter speed Canada's goaltender Joel Hofer concentrates during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Fin...
Russia's players celebrate after winning the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and Russia in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Saturday, Jan...
Russia's Alexander Khovanov celebrates after winning the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and Russia in Ostrava, Czech Republic, S...
Sweden's Rasmus Sandin, left, and Sweden's Oskar Back, right, kneel on ice after loosing the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and ...
Russia's Ivan Morozov, left, scores his sides winning goal past Sweden's goaltender Hugo Alnefelt, right, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal m...
Russia's Ivan Morozov, left, celebrates after scoring his sides winning goal past Sweden's goaltender Hugo Alnefelt, center right, during the U20 Ice ...
Russia's Vasili Podkolzin, right, challenges Sweden's Tobias Bjornfot, left, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and Russi...
Russia's Yegor Sokolov, right, celebrates with Russia's Danil Pylenkov after scoring his sides fourth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal ...
Russia's goaltender Amir Miftakhov, right, makes a save against Sweden's Linus Oberg, left, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between S...

Finland's Peetro Seppala, left, checks Canada's Barett Hayton, right, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Finland and Canada in O...

Canada's Alexis Lafreniere controls the puck during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Finland and Canada in Ostrava, Czech Republic, S...

Canada's Ty Dellandrea, right, celebrates with Canada's Aidan Dudas, left, after scoring his sides fourth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifi...

Canada's Barett Hayton controls the puck during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Finland and Canada in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Satur...

Finland's Kristian Tanus, left, and Finland's Peetro Seppala, right, challenge Canada's Liam Foudy, center, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal...

In this picture taken with slow shutter speed Canada's goaltender Joel Hofer concentrates during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Fin...

Russia's players celebrate after winning the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and Russia in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Saturday, Jan...

Russia's Alexander Khovanov celebrates after winning the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and Russia in Ostrava, Czech Republic, S...

Sweden's Rasmus Sandin, left, and Sweden's Oskar Back, right, kneel on ice after loosing the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and ...

Russia's Ivan Morozov, left, scores his sides winning goal past Sweden's goaltender Hugo Alnefelt, right, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal m...

Russia's Ivan Morozov, left, celebrates after scoring his sides winning goal past Sweden's goaltender Hugo Alnefelt, center right, during the U20 Ice ...

Russia's Vasili Podkolzin, right, challenges Sweden's Tobias Bjornfot, left, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between Sweden and Russi...

Russia's Yegor Sokolov, right, celebrates with Russia's Danil Pylenkov after scoring his sides fourth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal ...

Russia's goaltender Amir Miftakhov, right, makes a save against Sweden's Linus Oberg, left, during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds semifinal match between S...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Alexis Lafreniere scored twice and Canada routed defending champion Finland 5-0 Saturday to set up a final against Russia at the world junior hockey championship.

Connor McMichael, Jamie Drysdale and Ty Dellandrea also scored and goaltender Joel Hofer stopped 32 shots to shut out the Finns.

Lafreniere backhanded his first to increase Canada's lead to 2-0 early in the first period at Ostravar Arena in the eastern city of Ostrava. He wristed in his second on a power play in the middle period to finish the scoring.

The 18-year-old center, who is projected to be the No. 1 pick at the 2020 NHL draft, recovered from a left knee injury he sustained against Russia in the team's second group-stage game, which the Russians won 6-0. He missed the following two games against Germany and the Czech Republic.

Canada is the most successful team at the world juniors with 17 titles but is looking to bounce back from a disappointing sixth-place finish last year when it hosted the event.

Finland eliminated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals last year on the way to the title.

Canada stormed the ice early, getting three goals from McMichael, Lafreniere and Drysdale 2:07 apart to jump to a 3-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

Dellandrea stretched the lead to four, still in the opening frame.

Earlier, Ivan Morozov scored his second goal in overtime and Russia topped Sweden 5-4 to reach Sunday's final.

Morozov collected the puck at his blue line and skated up the ice to wrist the winner past goaltender Hugo Alnefelt with 1:36 remaining in overtime.

Russia is seeking its first title since 2011.

Sweden will play the bronze medal game against Finland.

Yegor Sokolov also scored two goals for Russia and Alexander Khovanov added one. Russia outshot Sweden 44-25.

Rasmus Sandin scored two goals and added two assists for Sweden; Samuel Fagemo and Nils Lundkvist added one goal apiece.

It was an up-and-down game.

Russia answered Sandin's first goal scored just 16 seconds into the game with three goals still in the opening period, including Morozov's tying goal on a power play.

Sweden rallied and Lundkvist put the Swedes ahead 4-3 in the third before Sokolov tied the game again with 11:25 left in the final period to force overtime.

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Updated : 2021-06-25 10:00 GMT+08:00