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Canada Rallies in Quarterfinals, Will Face Czechs in Semis

Canada, Czech Republic, Finland and Russia advance to the final four at 2019 World Championship

by Ron Knabenbauer & Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Canada (3) vs. Switzerland (2) - Overtime

Team Canada rallied its way into the semifinals at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

The Canadians scored with less than a second remaining in regulation and found the back of the net again in overtime to take a 3-2 victory against Switzerland in their quarterfinal matchup on Thursday at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia.

Down 2-1 with time running out in the third period, Damon Severson (New Jersey Devils) tallied his first of the tournament in the last second of regulation to get Canada back into the contest and force extra time. Any hope of a Swiss upset was officially crushed 5:07 into OT, as Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) finished a 2-on-1 rush with Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets) to complete the Canadians' comeback victory.

Canada outshot Switzerland 23-10 in the third period and OT combined and finished with a 42-24 advantage overall.

The Swiss' Sven Andrighetto opened the game's scoring with his third tally of the tournament with 1:54 left in the first period. The Colorado Avalanche forward also added two shots and four penalty minutes in 17:35 of ice time.

Stone tied the game 5:45 into the second frame for Canada, but Switzerland entered the second intermission once again ahead after Nico Hischier's (New Jersey Devils) marker with three seconds remaining in the stanza.

Colorado forward Tyson Jost played 7:43 for Canada.

The win for the Canadians advances them to the semifinals on Saturday against the Czech Republic, while Switzerland's tournament is over.

 

Russia (4) vs. United States (3)

Russia earned its eighth victory of the 2019 IIHF World Championship and is advancing to the semifinals after a 4-3 win against the United States on Thursday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Nikita Gusev (Vegas Golden Knights) had three points in the win (one goal, two assists) including a tally just 1:07 into the contest. Russia had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, but USA's Brady Skjei (New York Rangers) cut the advantage in half in the second period.

The teams traded goals in the third period, as Russia's Kirill Kaprizov regained the two-goal lead for his country early in the third period. A few minutes later, United States defenseman Noah Hanifin (Calgary Flames) and Russian forward Mikhail Grigorenko each scored 1:09 apart.

Down by two goals with 3:15 remaining, the United States pulled goaltender Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils) in favor of an extra attacker and Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) made it a 4-3 game with 2:50 remaining. However, Team USA couldn't find the back of the net again and Russia earned its trip to the semifinal round.

Russia outshot the United States 43-32 in the contest and went 1-for-1 on the power play. Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) and Jack Hughes each recorded two assists for the United States.

Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov had one shot in 14:09 of ice time in the win. The Moscow, Russia, native has one assist and a plus-4 rating through seven contests in the tournament.

As the highest seed after the preliminary round, Russia will take on Finland in the semifinals on Saturday in Bratislava.

 

Finland (5) vs. Sweden (4) - Overtime

Sweden had won the previous two World Championships, but its run toward the 2019 title ended on Thursday with a loss to Finland at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia.

Finland tied the contest late and earned the win just 1:37 into the extra frame, eliminating its Nordic neighbor with a 5-4 victory.

Finnish defenseman Niko Mikkola scored a minute after the opening faceoff, but Sweden netted three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead early in the second period. Finland responded with two tallies in the middle of the frame to knot the contest at 3-3 before Erik Gustafsson (Chicago Blackhawks) found the back of the net with 25 seconds remaining in the stanza.

Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog had a multi-point outing as he assisted on Gustafsson's marker and also recorded a helper when Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) hit twine earlier in the matchup.

Landeskog registered seven points (two goals, five assists) and had a plus-3 ratings in five games at the tournament. It was his fourth time representing Sweden at a World Championship.

Finland scored the equalizer with less than 90 seconds remaining in regulation and advanced to the semifinals when Sakari Manninen recorded the game-winner in overtime.

The Finns will face an undefeated Team Russia in the semifinals on Saturday.   

 

Czech Republic (5) vs. Germany (1)

Germany's run at the 2019 IIHF World Championship ended Thursday with a 5-1 loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes of play, the Czechs scored four times in the third period--including once into an empty net--to advance to the semifinals on Saturday against Canada.

Jan Kovar led the Czech Republic in scoring with two goals and an assist in the contest.

Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer of Germany made 29 saves in what was his third game of the tournament. He entered the contest with a 2.00 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.

Avalanche goaltender prospect Pavel Francouz of the Czech Republic did not play. He has appeared in two games at the 2019 Worlds and posted shutouts in each of them. He made 15 saves in an 8-0 win last Friday against Italy and then stopped all 16 shots he faced on Sunday in another 8-0 victory against Austria.

 
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