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Panthers at the WJC: Levi and Knight advance to Gold Medal game

Lundell and Puutio will play Russia for bronze

Canada v Russia: Semifinals - 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Florida Panthers 2020 seventh round pick Devon Levi stopped all 27 shots as Canada cruised to the final of the World Junior Championship in Edmonton with an impressivee 5-0 victory over Russia.

Levi is now a perfect 6-0 with a 0.53 GAA, .975 save percentage and a tournament-leading three shutouts. He has turned aside 116 of 119 shots for the Canadians, who will face the United States tonight for the gold medal. He even made a bid for an empty-net goal!

2019 first-rounder Spencer Knight backstopped the Americans to a 4-3 win over Finland in the semifinals.

Knight finished with 36 saves to pick up his fourth win of the tournament. The U.S. led 3-1 before the Finns rallied to tie the game late in the third period. Arthur Kaliyev scored the game-winner with 1:16 remaining in regulation.

Anton Lundell set up the game-tying goal for the Finns. Knight stopped his shot from in close and the rebound came out to Roni Hirvonen, who put it home with 3:43 to go.

Lundell registered five shots on goal, won 15 of 20 faceoffs, and finished the game with an even rating while logging 21:09 of ice time. The assist was Lundell’s fourth of the tournament, giving him a team-leading eight points.

Defenseman Kasper Puutio was named Finland’s Best Player for his two-assist performance. Puutio drew the primary assist on both of Kasper Simontaival’s goals for his first two points of the tournament.

Here, Puutio makes a crossing pass to Simontaival, who finishes it off for a first period power-play goal.

The combination worked again 11:38 into the third period as the Finns climbed within a goal.

Puutio logged 14:17 TOI and finished the game with thee shots on goal and an even rating.

Tonight’s games

Finland (Lundell, Puutio) vs. Russia 5:30 p.m. NHL Network

United States (Knight) vs. Canada (Levi)