Canada holds off Germans to reach world semis
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.
Yannic Seidenberg got the Germans on the board on a short-handed breakaway with 6:39 left in regulation time.
Meanwhile, Finland blanked the United States 2-0 to knock Jeff Blashill’s young roster out of the tournament.
Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Kemppainen scored for Finland to end the Americans’ six-game winning run as the Finns advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.
Finland will take on Sweden in that semifinal Saturday. The Swedes advanced with a 3-1 win over Switzerland.
Russia beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Paris thanks to goals from Dmitry Orlov, Nikita Kucherov and Artemi Panarin.