Canada gets Rus­sia in world semi­fi­nal

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CAROL SCHRAM

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 two-time 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. They gen­er­ated two power plays, then Yan­nic Sei­den­berg got the Ger­mans on the board on a short-handed break­away with 6:39 left in reg­u­la­tion time.

Un­like Tues­day’s game against Latvia, the Ger­mans were not able to get the late equal­izer as Canada sur­vived a score from the co-hosts.

Fi­nal shots in the game were 5020 in favour of Canada.

Fin­land will take on Swe­den in the other semi­fi­nal Satur­day af­ter a 2-0 up­set over the United States, which fin­ished first in Group A in the pre­lim­i­nary round.

The Swedes ad­vanced with a 3-1 win over Switzer­land.

MARTIN ROSE, GETTY IM­AGES

Wayne Sim­monds of Canada flies high dur­ing Thurs­day’s quar­ter-fi­nal against Ger­many in Cologne. Canada won, 2-1. Canada will face Rus­sia in the semi­fi­nals Satur­day.

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