Team Finland has moved on to a semifinal showdown with host Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The Finns advanced after shutting out Slovakia, 3-0, while the Swiss blanked the Russians, 5-0, to earn a shot at a medal. The two countries will faceoff on Saturday in Zug, Switzerland.
The star for Finland was forward Sami Tavernier, who netted two goals in the win, his first two goals of the U18. Tavernier, who spent the 2014-15 season with HIFK’s U20 squad, put three shots on goal in the game. The two goals were also his first points of the tournament, while his offensive output boosted his plus/minus rating to a +2.
Tavernier is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. He is ranked 103rd among European skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Tavernier following the quarterfinal win, a conversation that is captured in this HF video.
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