A favorable schedule helped Canada win its first three games at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Now comes a test against the Finns (3-0), this Thursday at 6 p.m.
The losers of this Group A match will face tough Group B rivals in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
The semi-finals will take place on Monday and the medal round the next day.
“Playing against Finland is going to give us a taste of the rest of the competition,” said defender Kaiden Guhle. It’s going to be a good test. ”
Defending champion, Canada demolished the Swiss and the Germans, in addition to winning 3-1 ahead of the Slovaks.
The maple leaf dominated 29-3 for goals and 119-48 for shots.
“We haven’t been challenged too much in the last two games,” said forward Cole Perfetti. Playing against the Finns will be a good repetition on defense. ”
Finland got the better of Slovakia 6-0 on Wednesday. The Finns have a 15-4 differential in goals.
“It won’t be easy to compete against Canada,” said Finland coach Antti Pennanen. They have a lot of good players and they are well managed. We will be ready. ”
Guhle believes that Canada has built an identity since its 1-0 victory over Russia in the pre-season game.
“Our forward check is very effective,” he said. We are strong and fast. I would also say that we are resilient and we are working hard. ”