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Flyers’ Gauthier, Team USA advance to WJC semifinals; How to watch

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Philadelphia Flyers prospect Cutter Gauthier leads the 2024 World Junior Championships in scoring. (Photo: AP)

Philadelphia Flyers prospect Cutter Gauthier and his Team USA have advanced to the 2024 World Junior Championship semifinal following their 7-2 quarterfinal win over Latvia on Tuesday afternoon. Gauthier, drafted fifth overall by the Flyers in the 2022 NHL Draft, has one goal and nine assists in five games, excluding the pre-competition games. The 19-year-old has scored two or more points in three of those five games, and leads the tournament in total scoring.

Fellow Flyers prospect and Team Canada defenseman Oliver Bonk was eliminated after he deflected a shot past his own goaltender to allow Czechia to take the lead with only seconds left on the clock. The 18-year-old is eligible to play in the competition again next year. Perhaps some revenge will be on the cards for Bonk and Team Canada.

How to watch Gauthier, Team USA

Gauthier and Team USA will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 4, when they face Finland at 1:30 p.m. EST. If the Flyers prospect emerges victorious, he and Team USA will advance to the Gold Medal Game to face the winner of the game between Czechia and Sweden. If Gauthier loses, he’ll participate in the Bronze Medal Game against the loser of said game.

World Juniors games have been broadcast on NHL Network, and they will continue to carry the games for the rest of the tournament. Games can also be accessed by FuboTV customers and viewers with DirecTV Stream. Highlights, tournament schedule, stats, standings, photos, rosters and more, can be viewed on IIHF’s website.

Flyers President of Hockey Operations Keith Jones was in attendance for Team USA’s game against Latvia, so he’ll probably continue to watch Gauthier from afar in his next two games as well. Gauthier won a bronze medal in the tournament last year, and he’ll be in contention for another one at the very least. I’m sure Gauthier and the Flyers wouldn’t mind a gold medal this year, though.

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