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Canada to Face Finland in Gold-Medal Game

Czech Republic and Russia will meet in the bronze-medal game

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Canada (5) vs. Czech Republic (1)

Canada will compete for the gold medal after it earned a 5-1 victory against the Czech Republic in Saturday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship semifinals at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Canadians scored the first five tallies of the contest and goaltender Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) made 40 saves to earn the win.

Eleven different skaters found the scoresheet for Canada, led by Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) who had a goal and an assist. Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers), Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets), Kyle Turris (Nashville Predators) and Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators) were the other Canadian goal scorers.

Forward Tomas Zohorna scored with 6:01 remaining in the contest to end Murray's shutout bid.

Avs goaltender Pavel Francouz entered the game at the 5:06 mark of the second period and stopped 13 of the 15 shots he faced. It was his third appearance of the tournament after he was perfect in his first two games with a 15-save shutout against Italy and a denying all 16 shots he faced versus Austria.

Colorado forward Tyson Jost played 1:57 in the contest. Through seven games at the 2019 Worlds, Jost has two assists and a plus- 4 rating.

Canada will compete for its 27th world title and third in the last five years as it takes on Team Finland in the gold-medal game on Sunday in Bratislava.  

It is the second time Canada and Finland will face each other this tournament as the Finns took a 3-1 win in the first contest of the preliminary round for each team on May 10.

Finland (1) vs. Russia (0)

Russia lost its first game of the tournament, falling 1-0 to Finland on Saturday at Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Finland earned the victory behind a 32-save performance from goaltender Kevin Lankinen and forward Marko Anttila, who scored the only goal of the matchup at the 10:18 mark of the third period.

Russia went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and outshot Finland 32-29 in the contest, despite the Finns holding a 15-11 edge in the category after 20 minutes.

Avs defenseman Nikita Zadorov logged 14:42 of ice time in the contest. Through eight games in the tournament, he has an assist and a plus-4 rating.

Team Russia will compete against the Czech Republic for the bronze medal on Sunday. Russia earned a 3-0 win against the Czechs in the preliminary round.

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