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2021 World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinal #2: United States vs. Finland — Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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The finalists from 2019 have a showdown to get to play for gold.

USA v Finland: Gold Medal Game - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

Semifinal #2: United States vs. Finland

How to watch

Puck drop: 9:30 PM EST / 6:30 PM PST
In Canada: TSN (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

After last year’s finalists finish with the first semifinal, 2019’s contenders for gold will take to the Rogers Place ice.

Team USA overcame its opening-night loss to Russia to claim first place in Group B. They didn’t allow a goal the rest of the way in the preliminary round, but did surrender two against Slovakia on Saturday. It should have served as a reminder that despite their great offensive depth that nothing is assured, and that’s a good lesson to prepare them for Finland.

When the Finns went down 2-0 to Sweden in the quarters, it looked as though a lack of creativity would catch up with them and knock them out. Then something seemed to click among the forwards, and passes were zipping across the offensive zone, putting Sweden on its heels. Finland got the tying goal early in the third, and after constant pressure netted the game-winner with seconds to go in regulation.

There’s no question about their defensive chops, so if Finland can use that same offensive game versus team USA, they will have a fair chance at making it to the Gold Medal Game, but they still have to score more than the confident Americans to get there.

Team USA projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#9 Trevor Zegras #15 Alex Turcotte #28 Arthur Kaliyev
#12 Matthew Boldy #10 Matthew Beniers #13 Cole Caufield
#21 Brett Berard #25 John Farinacci #24 Bobby Brink
#18 Brendan Brisson #26 Landon Slaggert #19 Patrick Moynihan
#22 Sam Colangelo

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Jake Sanderson #2 Drew Helleson
#4 Cam York #11 Brock Faber
#23 Ryan Johnson #3 Henry Thrun
#5 Jackson LaCombe

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#30 Spencer Knight #32 Dustin Wolf

Team Finland projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Roni Hirvonen #15 Anton Lundell #23 Mikko Petman
#21 Mikael Pyyhtiä #27 Juuso Pärssinen #34 Aku Räty
#19 Petteri Puhakka #28 Henri Nikkanen #33 Brad Lambert
#36 Benjamin Korhonen #20 Samuel Helenius #29 Kasper Simontaival
#32 Matias Mäntykivi

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Ville Heinola #2 Santeri Hatakka
#35 Mikko Kokkonen #7 Topi Niemelä
#6 Eemil Viro #10 Kasper Puutio
#12 Matias Rajaniemi

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#1 Kari Piiroinen #31 Roope Taponen