Team Canada entered their semifinal game against Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with an opportunity to advance to the gold medal game for the second time in three years. That opportunity has passed them by, however, as the U.S. broke open what had been a tight contest with five third period goals to defeat Canada, 7-2.
Canada appeared to be in a great position to take the game over entering the third period with the U.S. having to kill two penalties incurred late in the second period. But the U.S. killed off those penalties, then scored two quick goals to open an insurmountable lead.
With the loss, Canada will now face host Switzerland in the bronze medal game on Sunday.
Two players that have performed well for Canada at this U18 are defenseman Thomas Chabot and forward Jansen Harkins. Chabot, who plays for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, is tied with Parker Wotherspoon for the scoring lead among Canada’s defensemen with five points (1G, 4A) in six games. Harkins, a center for the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, has chipped in four points (2G, 2A) in Canada’s six games.
Chabot and Harkins are both considered potential first round picks for the 2015 NHL Draft, with the two players being ranked one after the other in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. Harkins is ranked 15th by CSS after being ranked 18th in the midterm rankings, while Chabot is ranked 16th after holding that 15th slot on the midterm list.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Chabot and Harkins following the loss to the U.S., conversations that are captured in this HF video.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) April 25, 2015
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