CLOSE CALL AGAINST HOSTS

Team Canada moves on to semis at World Hockey Cham­pi­onship.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - COLOGNE, GER­MANY

Mark Scheifele and Jeff Skinner scored to lead Canada to a 2-1 win over Ger­many in quar­ter-fi­nal ac­tion Thurs­day at the world hockey cham­pi­onship.

Scheifele opened the scor­ing on Canada’s first power play of the game and Skinner scored in the sec­ond pe­riod as Canada over­came a fired-up Ger­man team and a deaf­en­ing sold-out crowd at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

Canada will face Rus­sia in Cologne in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nals.

Both teams traded chances in a high-tempo first pe­riod as the Ger­mans, who beat Latvia in a shootout Tues­day to qual­ify for the medal round for a sec­ond straight year, weren’t afraid to play a phys­i­cal game against Canada.

Scheifele fi­nally put the twotime de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons on the board with 2:49 to play in the open­ing frame when he roofed a Ryan O’Reilly pass from be­hind the net over sprawl­ing Ger­man net­min­der Philipp Grubauer.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, Canada out­shot Ger­many 20-0 be­fore Den­nis Sei­den­berg di­rected a puck on Calvin Pickard in the dy­ing sec­onds. Skinner scored his fourth goal of the tour­na­ment to give Canada some in­sur­ance, con­vert­ing a re­bound off a shot from Mike Mathe­son with 1:59 to play in the sec­ond. Af­ter their come­back win on Tues­day, the Ger­mans came out with re­newed vigour in the third, de­ter­mined not to leave the tour­na­ment with­out a fight.

AP PHOTO

Ger­many’s for­ward Do­minik Kah­nun, left, and Canada’s for­ward Matt Duch­ene chal­lenge for the puck at the Ice Hockey World Cham­pi­onships quar­ter­fi­nal match in the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Ger­many on Thurs­day.

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