Canada to face Finland in World Junior quarter-final

After losing their round-robin finale on New Year’s Eve, Canada will look to bounce back when the playoff round begins at the 2019 World Juniors Wednesday .

As a result of a 2-1 loss to Russia Monday, Canada finished second in Group A with a 3-1 record and will now take on Finland in the quarter-final round in Vancouver.

Finland went 2-2 in round-robin play and were in third place in Group B.

The winner of that game will take on either Sweden or Switzerland in the semifinal round Friday.

The other quarter-final matchups will see the United States face the Czech Republic and Russia go up against Slovakia.

Kazakhstan and Denmark finished at the bottom of their pools and will play a best-of-three relegation series starting on Tuesday.

The winner will remain in the tournament for next year, while the loser will be replaced by Germany for the 2020 event in the Czech Republic.

Prince Albert Raiders forward Brett Leason is tied for eighth in tournament scoring with five points (three goals and two assists) in four games, while teammate Ian Scott made 15 saves in his only start in goal during a 3-2 win over Switzerland on Dec. 27.

United States forward Ryan Poehling leads the event in scoring with eight points, while Switzerland’s Luca Hollenstein has posted the best goals against average thus far with a 0.99 mark.