Canada into world semi­fi­nals

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS - CAROL SCHRAM

COPENHAGEN — Canada will com­pete for a medal at the world hockey cham­pi­onship for the fourth straight year.

RyanO’Reillyscoredthegamewin­ner on a 4-on-3 power play with 4:57 into over­time Thurs­day as Canada beat­Rus­sia5-4and­punched­it­sticket to the semi­fi­nals in Copenhagen.

Colton Parayko and Ryan Nu­gen­tHop­kin­sal­soscored­power-play­goals while Kyle Tur­ris and Pierre-Luc Dubois added third-pe­riod mark­ers.

Canada came into the quar­ter­fi­nal as the lower seed af­ter a some­what lack­lus­tre pre­lim­i­nary-round per­for­mance in small-town Hern­ing. The change of scenery seemed to agree with the Cana­di­ans in their first pe­riod of ac­tion at Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

Canada con­trolled the play, out­shoot­ing Rus­sia 12-4 in the open­ing frame and tak­ing a 1-0 lead when Parayko fired a mas­sive slap­shot to the glove side of Igor Sh­esty­orkin at 4:45.

The power-play goal snapped a 0-for-16 drought that had stretched over four pre­lim­i­nary-round games for Canada. It was the first of the tour­na­ment al­lowed by Sh­esty­orkin, who had been per­fect in seven pe­ri­ods of ac­tion against Slo­vakia, Be­larus and Aus­tria dur­ing pre­lim­i­nary-round play.

The 22-year-old was a sur­prise starter in place of the more ex­pe­ri­enced Vasili Koshechkin, who held down the No. 1 job for the gold medal­win­ningO­lympicAth­letes­fromRus­sia team at the Pyeongchang Games in Feb­ru­ary.

Darcy Kuem­per made his fifth start of the tour­na­ment for Canada.

The Rus­sians started skat­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod, build­ing an 8-3 shot ad­van­tage be­fore Nugent-Hop­kins put Canada up 2-0 while Sergei An­dronovwasserv­inghissec­ond­penalty of the game at 11:51 of the sec­ond pe­riod.

The Rus­sians stormed back with a goaljust1:02lat­er­whenIlyaMikheyev scored af­ter an Artem Anisi­mov shot pulled Kuem­per out of po­si­tion. Alexan­der Bara­banov evened the score with an ex­tra at­tacker on the ice for a de­layed penalty call with 2:28 left to play in a sec­ond pe­riod where Rus­sia out­shot Canada 15-9.

Af­ter a cau­tious start to the third, Tur­ris put Canada up 3-2 at 7:11, beat­ing a sprawl­ing Sh­esty­orkin be­tween the pads from the slot af­ter a pinpoint pass from Jaden Schwartz.

An­drono­van­swered­back­forRus­sia just 1:33 later, de­flect­ing a Nikita Zait­sev shot over Kuem­per’s shoul­der. Then, Dubois scored his third of the tour­na­ment off a re­bound off a Tyson Jost shot with 7:24 left to play in the third be­fore Anisi­mov forced over­time when beat Kuem­per high from a bad an­gle.

The teams traded chances in over­time­be­foreCanadawent­tothe­p­ower play af­ter Kir­ill Kapri­zov was whis­tled for slash­ing with 3:35 elapsed. Cana­dian coach Bill Peters called a time­out,thensentout­cap­tainCon­nor McDavid­withO’Reilly,AaronEk­blad and Parayko, with O’Reilly’s goal end­ing the game.

Canada has now won its last three meet­ings with Rus­sia at the worlds, storm­ing back for a 4-2 come-frombe­hind­wininthe­semi­fi­nal­inCologne, Ger­many, in 2017 and earn­ing gold with a 6-1 win over Rus­sia in 2015.


Team Canada's Colton Parayko, right, and Con­nor McDavid cel­e­brate af­ter scor­ing the first goal dur­ing Canada's even­tual 5-4 over­time win over Rus­sia in their quar­ter­fi­nal match at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Cham­pi­onship Thurs­day in Copenhagen, Den­mark.

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