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Worlds Update: May 23

...Canada advances to the Semi-Finals

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

Team Canada is headed to the Semi-Final at the 2019 IIHF World Championship - barely.

New Jersey Devils defenceman Damon Severson scored with 00.4 seconds left in the 3rd period to force overtime, which Canada won off a goal from Mark Stone in a 3-2 victory.

Talk. About. Thrilling.

Tweet from @HC_Men: 👍 IS OUR NEW FAVOURITE GOAL SIGNAL! pic.twitter.com/x7hJjISpoq

Team Canada is headed to the final four for the fifth straight year and will face the Czech Republic Saturday in one Semi-Final. The two did not meet in preliminary play.

Troy Stecher takes his one goal, one assist and plus-6 rating into this weekend's action. Team Canada is guaranteed to play for a medal Sunday.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Highlights: @MStoner61 was the OT hero for Canada, one of his two goals in the game for @HockeyCanada in a miraculous 3-2 comeback victory over @SwissIceHockey at #IIHFWorlds More game highlights >https://t.co/LZ0SQWyVuE pic.twitter.com/KYEFTab6BK

In the other early game, Team USA came up short against Team Russia losing 4-3. The Americans made it interesting late making it a one-goal game with less than three minutes to play, but they couldn't complete the comeback.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Highlights: @russiahockey holds on for a 4-3 quarter-final win over @usahockey at #IIHFWorldsMore game highlights >https://t.co/LZ0SQWyVuE pic.twitter.com/ueIbR2HO5I

It's a disappointing finish for the US, ending the tournament with two straight losses and a 4-3-1-0 record. This is the second time in five seasons Team USA won't compete for a medal.

Quinn Hughes finishes with three assists in eight games, alongside a plus-7 rating, while Thatcher Demko won both his starts, allowing four goals total.

In the second set of Quarter-Finals games Thursday, Team Finland outlasted Team Sweden in a 5-4 overtime upset thriller.

The two-time defending champions lead 3-1 in the 2nd and 4-3 late in the 3rd, but couldn't hold on against a hungry Finnish team.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Highlights: Sakari Manninen had the OT goal to go with three assists in a 5-4 comeback win for @leijonat over @Trekronorse in their QF at #IIHFWorlds More game highlights >https://t.co/LZ0SQWyVuE pic.twitter.com/9OTQMzrbCa

Elias Pettersson picked up his third goal and 10th point of the tournament in the 2nd period. He scored in typical Petey OMG fashion.

Tweet from @Canucks: 😱H MY PETEY! Big goal in a big game for 🇸! #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/OKQjxEHw9f

Loui Eriksson finished with a goal and three helpers, while Jacob Markstrom won one of his two starts in net.

Finland faces Russia in the early Semi-Final game Saturday morning.

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