For the first time since 2001, Finland will be playing for the gold medal at the World Junior Championship. The Finns landed in that game by knocking off Canada, 5-1, in a semi-final game. Now, they must defeat Sweden in that country if they want to take home gold.
While there were some concerns that playing as the host team might create too much pressure for Sweden, the team has instead played as if it didn't matter where the 2014 World Junior Championship was being contested. The Swedes have so far made an undeated run through this tournament, but they must now defeat their greatest rival, Finland, a second time to take their second gold medal in three years.
The second quarterfinal contest taking place on Thursday at the 2014 World Junior Championship features Finland facing off against the Czech Republic. Finland was probably the more accomplished of the two teams during the preliminary round, but not by so wide a margin that a Czech victory is unthinkable.
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