CLOSE CALL AGAINST HOSTS
Team Canada moves on to semis at World Hockey Championship.
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.
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.