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Canada faces Finland for bronze at world juniors on TSN

TSN.ca Staff

1/5/2012 1:21:27 PM

The medal won't be gold for Canada at this year's world junior hockey championship, but the bronze medal will not be an easy task with Finland providing the opposition.

Canada tries to avoid finishing out of the medals at the tournament for the first time in 14 years when they face Finland today. 

You can watch the game live right now beginning with pre-game coverage on TSN, TSN Mobile TV and TSN.ca.

Canada will be down to 11 forwards for today's contest, as Boone Jenner was suspended on Wednesday for spearing Russian captain Evgeni Kuznetsov in the second period of the semi-final.

The upper-body injury Scott Harrington suffered in the preliminary round kept him out of Wednesday's practice and the defenceman will not play today.

Mark Visentin will get the start in goal for Canada.

Canada went through the round-robin portion of the tournament without a loss, earning a bye to the semi-finals and a rematch of last year's gold medal game against Russia. After trailing 2-0 after one period and 5-1 after two frames, the Canadians rallied to close the gap before dropping a 6-5 decision and ending their dreams of gold.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Mark Stone and Ryan Strome are tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points apiece. Defenceman Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips is the highest-rated Canadian player on 'Craig's List,' TSN Scout Craig Button's NHL Draft Rankings.

After getting thumped by Canada on the opening day of the tournament, Finland upset the United States and the Czech Republic en route to finishing second in Group B.

In their semi-final game on Tuesday, the Finns gave up a 2-0 third-period lead and were forced into overtime and eventually a shootout where Sweden emerged victorious.

Mikael Granlund leads the team in scoring with 11 points while Teemu Pulkkinen leads the team with six goals.

According to Craig's List, defencemen Olli Maatta of the London Knights and Ville Pokka could be second round picks at June's NHL Entry Draft.