Junior Hockey: Batherson leading Canada to a win of 7-2 against the Czech Republic

Photo: Nathan Denette, The canadian Press
Drake Batherson has successfully completed his hat trick in the second twenty, beating Korenar over the shoulder.

Buffalo — Drake Batherson has managed a hat trick and led Canada to a victory of 7-2 at the expense of the Czech Republic in the semi-final of the world Championship of junior hockey, Thursday night.


By virtue of this win, Canada will meet the iron with Sweden in the final of the tournament on Friday night.


Sam Steel, Maxime Comtois, Jordan Kyrou and Boris Katchouk have also moved the ropes to Canada. Carter Hart was pushed away 18 pucks in the victory.


Filip Zadina scored both goals for the Czech Republic.


The cerberus Czech Josef Korenar has blocked 17 of 23 shots directed towards him in 36 min 58 s of work before yielding his place to Jakub Skarek. The latter has subsequently made 14 stops.


The Swedes have triumphed over the U.s. by virtue of a gain of 4-2, a bit earlier Thursday, in another duel of the semi-final. The Czechs will face the United States for the match for the bronze medal on Friday afternoon.


Defenceman Victor Mete was back in canada, after having missed the match of quarterfinals against Switzerland because of a lower-body injury. The hope of the Montreal canadiens was injured on 29 December in a clash between Canada the United States.


Zadina has deceived the vigilance of Hart, and opened the scoring quickly for the Czechs in the first period.


Steel has, however, replicated for Canada while he was still 4 min 55 s in the first twenty, at a numerical advantage, equaling the mark 1-1.


Batherson took advantage of a second digital advantage to get a lead of 2-1 in Canada 3 min 03 s later, deflecting the shot of Cale Makar.


The attacker has once again deflects a shot from the point and put the needle back to 12 min 12 s in the second engagement.


Comtois has subsequently shown, on a pass from Brett Howden, just before Kyrou bears the mark to 5-1.


Batherson has successfully completed his hat trick in the second twenty, beating Korenar over the shoulder, with 3 min 02 s to play before both teams retreated to the locker room for the second intermission. Following the goal, the goalkeeper the Czech republic was forced to cede his place to his compatriot Skarek.


The lack of communication between Hart and Clague has led to the second goal of Zadina, whereas it was only 9 min 49 s, in the third period.


Thanks to their evening, prolific, Batherson, and Zadina have joined the American Kieffer Bellows at the top of the markers of the tournament.