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Staff Canada advances to semifinals at IIHF World Championship – Staff Canada


May 26, 2023

AP Photograph/Pavel Golovkin

Might 25, 2023

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Staff Canada has superior to the semifinals of the 2023 IIHF World Championship in Finland.

Jack Quinn, Sammy Blais, Michael Carcone and Tyler Toffoli scored whereas Samuel Montembeault had a robust efficiency in internet to push Canada to a 4-1 win over co-host Finland in quarterfinal motion on Thursday. The victory advances Staff Canada into Saturday’s semifinals the place they’ll play Latvia.

Canada is seeking to win gold on the males’s worlds for the primary time since 2021. Canada and Finland have gotten to know one another fairly nicely in gold medal matches at this event lately, dealing with off in every of the previous three championship video games — together with final 12 months when the Finns edged the Canadians 4-3 in extra time.

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Team Canada's Sammy Blais celebrates a goal against Finland at the 2023 IIHF World Championship.Canada’s Samuel Blais, second from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his facet’s second aim throughout the quarterfinal match between Canada and Finland on the ice hockey world championship in Tampere, Finland, Thursday, Might 25, 2023. (AP Photograph/Pavel Golovkin)

Canada’s penalty kill went to work early within the first interval and efficiently killed off a Tyler Myers interference name, permitting just one Finnish shot. Simply after the penalty expired, Jake Neighbours had Canada’s first good scoring probability, ripping a one-time shot into the pad of netminder Emil Larmi.

Quinn opened the scoring 7:12 into the primary. After getting round a Finnish defender, Quinn rapidly fired a low shot that fooled Larmi, giving Canada a 1-0 benefit.

Montembeault was known as for delay of sport later within the interval and was saved busy throughout the penalty kill as Finland pressed for the equalizer. The Canadian goaltender stopped all 10 photographs he confronted within the opening body.

Blais gave Canada a 2-0 lead 10:45 into the second interval. The Canadians entered the zone on a three-on-one with Neighbours establishing Blais for a excessive shot that beat Larmi.

A couple of minutes later, Finland’s Kaapo Kakko had a breakaway however ran out of room earlier than he may get shot off. Quickly after, the Finns entered the zone on a two-on-one however Kakko couldn’t fireplace a shot as a consequence of a sliding Canadian defenseman. Late within the interval it was Kakko once more who made a pleasant feed to Kasperi Kapanen on one other two-on-one, forcing Montembeault to make an enormous pad cease.

Simply 2:54 into the third interval, Carcone scored to make it 3-0 for Staff Canada. Mackenzie Weegar made a pleasant go from contained in the circle, discovering a large open Carcone who ripped a shot previous Larmi to increase Canada’s lead.

With their goaltender pulled and three:08 remaining in regulation time, Teemu Hartikainen jammed a bouncing puck between Montembeault and the put up to get Finland inside two. Any risk of a Finnish comeback ended with 2:18 remaining when Toffoli scored into the open internet, making it a 4-1 closing.

Staff Canada superior to the quarterfinals after putting second in Group B in preliminary spherical play, successful 5 of their seven video games. Canada fell 3-2 in a shootout to Norway and 3-2 in regulation to Switzerland. The Swiss completed atop Group B however have been upset of their quarterfinal matchup towards Germany, falling 3-1.

Saturday’s different semifinal will function the Germans taking up the US. The gold and bronze medal video games happen on Sunday. All remaining video games can be performed at Nokia Enviornment in Finland and can be broadcast by TSN.

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