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Canes Advance in Worlds

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes


PETERS, CANADA CLAIM GOLD; AHO, FINLAND TAKE SILVER
Monday, May 23

For the second straight year, Team Canada is taking home gold at the World Championship. Led by head coach Bill Peters, Canada stifled the previously undefeated Finns, topping them 2-0 and limiting them to just 16 shots.

Canes prospect Sebastian Aho logged 20:17 of ice time in the gold medal match, as Finland settled for silver.

Noah Hanifin and Team USA took on Russia in the bronze medal match on Sunday and fell 7-2. It was a hard-fought fourth-place finish from an extremely young American squad that edged its way into the elimination rounds. Hanifin recorded 19:11 of ice time in Team USA's final match of the tournament.



FINLAND LOOKS TO CAPTURE GOLD AND REMAIN PERFECT, TEAM USA GOES FOR BRONZE
Saturday, May 21

Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho scored two goals to lead Team Finland to a 3-1 win over host country Russia in the semifinals of the World Championship. On Sunday, they'll look to sweep the tournament and capture a gold medal, which would be their third this year (U18, World Juniors).

Finland will face off with Canada, who edged Team USA 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. Team Canada and its head coach Bill Peters will be in search of their second consecutive gold medal in the World Championship after sailing past Russia, 6-1, a year ago.

The bronze medal game will feature Russia and Noah Hanifin and the United States, who claimed bronze last year as well.

An updated tournament schedule with results can be found below.



SEMIFINALS SET: USA TO BATTLE CANADA, FINLAND ADVANCES
Thursday, May 19

Team USA scored an upset 2-1 shootout win over the Czech national team in their quarterfinal match-up on Thursday, which means the Americans have advanced to the semifinal round of the World Championship for the third time in four years. They'll face off with Team Canada, who shut out the Swedes 6-0 on Thursday afternoon, in Saturday afternoon's semifinal match. The two rival nations have already competed against one another once in the tournament in the first game of the preliminary round. The U.S. captured an early 1-0 lead on the power play but eventually fell 5-1.

Finland also advanced to the semifinals with a dominant 5-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday morning. Canes prospect Sebastian Aho and his fellow Finns will take on the Russians, who dispatched the German national club with a 4-1 quarterfinal victory, on Saturday morning.

An updated tournament schedule with results can be found below.



Preliminary round action in the 2016 IIHF World Championship wrapped up on Tuesday, and the Carolina Hurricanes involved in the tournament are all moving on to the quarterfinals.

Noah Hanifin and a young American squad backed into the quarterfinals after a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia in the final game of the preliminary round. Team USA posted a 3-3-1 record in the seven-game round robin and finished fourth in Group B. Hanifin, who was a top-pairing blueliner, recorded a goal, two assists and four penalty minutes in seven games.

Michal Jordan and the Czech national team finished atop Group A as one of two tournament teams without a regulation loss (five regulation wins, one shootout win, one shootout loss). Jordan scored an empty-net goal from his own end in the team’s final preliminary round match-up against the Swiss and finished the round-robin slate with 10 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating.

Team USA will face off against the Czech Republic on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. in the quarterfinals. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN and will be available for live streaming via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Team Canada, head coached by the Hurricanes’ Bill Peters, and the Finnish national team, which features Canes’ prospect Sebastian Aho, met in a pivotal battle in the final game of the preliminary round, as both teams brought perfect 6-0 records to the table. Finland emerged victorious with a commanding 4-0 victory to claim first place in Group B heading into the elimination rounds.

Aho, selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Hurricanes, tallied five points (1g, 4a) and a plus-4 rating in the preliminary round.

The Finns match up against Denmark in the quarterfinals with faceoff set for 9:15 a.m. Reigning gold medalists Team Canada will take on Sweden at 1:15 p.m.

Semifinal action will take place on Saturday, and the tournament will wrap up with medal games on Sunday. Check back here for score updates and more as the elimination rounds progress.

DATE MATCH-UP RESULT/TIME TV
MAY 19 QUARTERFINALS: CZECH REPUBLIC vs. USA 1-2 (SO) NBCSN
MAY 19 QUARTERFINALS: FINLAND vs. DENMARK
5-1
MAY 19 QUARTERFINALS: RUSSIA vs. GERMANY 4-1
MAY 19 QUARTERFINALS: CANADA vs. SWEDEN 6-0 NBCSN
MAY 21 SEMIFINALS: FINLAND vs. RUSSIA 3-1
MAY 21 SEMIFINALS: USA vs. CANADA 3-4
MAY 22 BRONZE MEDAL GAME: RUSSIA vs. USA 7-2
MAY 22 GOLD MEDAL GAME: FINLAND vs. CANADA 0-2

All times listed in Eastern standard time.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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