The two Philadelphia Flyers prospects sparked their teams to WJC victories Wednesday and spots in Friday’s semifinals.
Foerster scored for the third straight game, steering Team Canada past Switzerland, 6-3, in Edmonton. He scored on the game’s first shot.
Andrae snapped a 1-1 tie when he scored midway through the third period, lifting Sweden past Latvia, 2-1.
From just above the left circle, the defenseman made a clever move as took a quick step back toward the blue line before getting off a wrist shot that got through traffic.
“I knew before the game they’d try to block those shots,” he told reporters. “So I just faked a little bit and got the shot through.”
Midway through the 3rd period and its 2-1 for Sweden. Emil Andrae freezes the defender with a fake and rifles it into the back of the net putting @trekronorse back up by 1. #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/QGcvJIP7v0
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) August 17, 2022
Overall, Andrae leads all defensemen in the tournament in goals (4) and points (8) in five games.
“I try to produce as much as I can and help my team as much as I can — if it’s a chip-out in the defensive zone, or a shot from the blueline,” said the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Andrae, who is Sweden’s captain. “My teammates have done a good job in front of the goalie and I have to get those shots through; that’s what I’m focused on.”
Foerster has five points in Canada’s five WJC games.
Canada built a 4-1 lead Wednesday in the game’s first 17:01 and never looked back as it advanced into Friday’s 4 p.m. semifinals (NHL Network) against Czechia. Czechia stunned the United States, 4-2, in another quarterfinal.
Sweden and Andrae will meet Finland in Friday’s 8 p.m. semifinals, also on the NHL Network.