Connor McMichael had a goal and a template when Team Canada beat Team Czech Republic 3-0 and reached the semi-finals of the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship Finale in the process

EDMONTON – Canada reached the semi-finals of the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship with a 3-0 win against the Czech Republic on Saturday

Goalkeeper Devon Levi scored a 29 save shutout and Dylan Cozens had a goal and assist for the host country

Connor McMichael hit an empty net and defender Bowen Byram also scored for Canada at Rogers Place

The Canadians were waiting for the result of a later quarter-final between the USA and Slovakia to know their opponent in the semi-finals on Monday

If America won, Canada would face Russia on Monday, but the Canadians would pull the Slovaks if they interfered with the U.

Russia reached the semi-finals with a 2-1 quarter-final win over Germany, while Finland beat Sweden 3-2 to move forward

Canada were the only team that remained unbeaten 4-0 in the preliminary round and led Pool A. The Czech Republic (2-2) finished fourth in Pool B.

Nick Malik, who was part of last season with the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, stopped 22 shots in defeat

The host country did not dominate puck possession like they did in a 4-1 win against Finland to end the round robin

The Czechs fought hard for the puck to get Canada to chase them and often clogged the neutral zone to force Canadians to jump and hunt

But Canada’s streaky third-period pre-exam has reduced the Czech Republic’s chances of making a comeback

Czech coach Karel Mlejnek pulled Malik for an additional attacker with five and a half minutes of play, but McMichael scored an empty goal at 5:11 pm

The Czech failed to score a power play goal in less than two minutes when Quinton Byfield was punished for hooking

With a hard working backcheck, Canadian striker Peyton Krebs blocked an unusual Czech opportunity for sales towards the end of the reporting period

Levi was playing his busiest phase of the tournament, stopping all 12 shots he faced in the first

With eight attempts against Malik in the opening frame, Canada was outbid for the first time in a period

But seconds after Adam Raska’s interference penalty expired, Byram scored his first goal of the tournament, squeezing a shot under Malik’s right armpit at 11:39 am

Connor McMichael turned the puck on a runaway to Cozens The View of Buffalo Sabers shoveled the puck between Malik’s pads at 8:22 am

Connor Zary centered a line with wingers Krebs and Cole Perfetti in Newhook’s absence, and defender Jordan Spence also moved into the line-up

With 22 combined points from the 2020 and 2021 world junior tournaments, Cozens is in sixth place ever for Canada, ahead of John Tavares (20) and behind Jason Allison (24)

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