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World Junior Championship 2017: Medal round schedule

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Yesterday’s semifinal games set the entertainment bar pretty darn high

Sweden v Canada: Semifinal - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship has been a wild ride, and now it's set to close in that most dramatic of fashions: Canada vs. USA, with gold medal glory on the line.

Today's medal round has a tough act to follow after some great semifinal action yesterday. The USA and Russians put on a show which went all the way to a shootout, and made an American folk hero out of Anaheim Ducks prospect Troy Terry.

Meanwhile, Canada had to overcome Connor Ingram (TBL) on its way to a 5-2 victory over Sweden. The Swedes are far from a paper tiger, but it seems coming out of Group A had its detriments. When forced to defend against a quality opponent, they weren't quite as formidable any longer. The Canadians have now earned themselves a chance at both gold and redemption, after falling to the USA 3-1 on New Year's Eve. As for Winnipeg Jets prospect Jack Roslovic, while he continues to sit on just two assists all tournament, his overall game against the Russians garnered praise:

Happy hockey!

Bronze Medal Game: Sweden vs. Russia

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2:30 p.m. CT, Bell Centre
TV: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TSN 4K

Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Canada

Thursday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m. CT, Bell Centre
TV: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TSN 4K