Guhle to play for bronze at World Under-17’s

It won’t be the medal that he was hoping for going into the tournament, but Prince Albert Raiders blueliner Kaiden Guhle will have a chance to take home some hardware from the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in New Brunswick.

After a 5-2 loss to Finland in the semifinal Friday, Guhle and his Canada Red team will go up against Sweden in Saint John Saturday in a bronze medal contest that will air on TSN at 1:30 p.m.

Kasper Puttio led the way for Finland with two assists, as his team qualified for the gold medal game for the first time since 1995 and has a chance to win their first tournament since 1990.

William Villeneuve of the Saint John Sea Dogs had a pair of helpers in the loss.

Guhle, who is the team captain for Canada Red and has three assists in five games at the tournament, did not record a point Friday.

Awaiting Finland in Saturday’s gold medal game, which will be aired on TSN at 5:30 p.m., is a Russian side that defeated Sweden in a 6-4 semifinal affair Friday.

Vasili Ponomaryov had two goals and two assists for Russia, who last won the tournament in 2014 and last played in the championship game three years ago.

Anton Johannesson and Alexander Holtz had a goal and an assist each for Sweden.

Meanwhile in Quispamsis, Raiders forward Ozzy Wiesblatt had a pair of assists for Canada Black as they topped Canada White by a score of 5-2 in a fifth place game.

Saskatoon Blades forward Kyle Crnkovic led the way for his team as he recorded a hat trick.

Wiesblatt, who was an assistant captain for the team, recorded three points during the tournament.

In the other placement game Friday, Nick Malik made 38 saves for the Czech Republic as they finished in seventh position with a 2-1 win over the defending tournament champions from the United States.

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