MONTREAL - Thomas Chabot, Mathieu Joseph and Team Canada will play for gold tonight at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Canada advanced to tonight's gold medal game with a 5-2 victory over Sweden last night at the Bell Centre. Chabot had an assist and played a ridiculous 27:17, once again leading all Canadian skaters by a significant margin. He also had three shots in the game and created a few quality scoring chances.
Joseph, who has three assists in the tournament, was held pointless in 13:48 of playing time. He finished the night with no shots on goal - but he did have at least two great scoring opportunities. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, who has 25 goals with the Sea Dogs this season, has had some bad luck trying to find the back of the net.
Future Sea Dog (reportedly, that is) Julien Gauthier has had no trouble scoring at this year's world juniors. He scored twice last night to give him five goals and seven points in six games. He finished the night with six shots in 12:07 of playing time.
Canada will play the United States for gold this evening. Game time is 9 p.m. and it can be seen on TSN.WJC shots leaders:— (((Corey Pronman))) (@coreypronman) January 5, 2017
Chris DiDomenico (2009) is the only Sea Dog to win a world junior gold. Simon Despres came close in 2011, winning silver. Jonathan Huberdeau and Nathan Beaulieu each won bronze in 2012.
This year's bronze medal game, which will take place at 4:30 p.m., will feature Sweden taking on Russia.
Some other notes...
- Chabot, unsurprisingly, was named one of Canada's top three players at this year's tournament following last night's game.
- Gauthier has five goals in six games with Team Canada. He has seven in 23 games with Val-d'Or this season.
- An added rivalry tonight: Team Canada (unofficially) features three Sea Dogs while Team USA features six players from Boston University.
- Tonight should be quite a game.