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Six Canes Move on to Worlds Semifinals

Hanifin, Team USA eliminated in quarterfinals

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Medal hopes are still alive for six Carolina Hurricanes after quarterfinal round play in the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Noah Hanifin: United States, Sebastian Aho: Finland

After winning six straight contests to snag first place in Group A, Noah Hanifin and Team USA drew Sebastian Aho and the fourth-seeded Finnish national team from Group B. The Americans were shut out by Team Finland, 2-0, a disappointing and sudden end to the tournament for a talented American squad. To their credit, the Finns bounced back in a big way after being thumped 5-2 by Canada in their final preliminary round game; they tightened up defensively and won the special teams battle to advance in tournament play. Aho recorded an assist on Mikko Rantanen's power-play goal in the second period, which proved to be the game-winner. Hanifin paced Team USA defensemen with 22:59 of ice time.

Finland will now square off with neighboring country Sweden in the semifinal round on Saturday.

Jeff Skinner: Canada

In search of its third straight World Championship gold medal, Team Canada faced off with the Germans on their home ice in Cologne. Philipp Grubauer stopped 48 of 50 shots for Germany, but they were unable to best the stalwart Canadians in a 2-1 final. Late in the second period, Jeff Skinner was strong on his skates at the top of the crease and deposited the rebound from Mike Matheson's point shot. That goal would ultimately be the game-decider, as the Germans pulled within a goal shorthanded in the third period. In addition to his goal, Skinner tallied six shots on goal and was a plus-1 in 14:41 of ice time.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: ���� Watch @JeffSkinner put @HC_Men up 2-0 in the #IIHFWorlds quarterfinals! ����

Skinner now has nine points (4g, 5a) in eight tournament games and will look to keep the offense rolling in the semifinals against Russia.

Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask, Joakim Nordstrom, Eddie Lack: Sweden

Team Sweden worked its way past the Swiss national team by a score of 3-1, as they improved to 6-0 all-time against Switzerland in elimination/playoff games. Elias Lindholm registered two shots in 16:39 of ice time, Victor Rask recorded three shots in 14:06 of ice time and Joakim Nordstrom generated two shots in 11:48 of ice time.

As mentioned above, the Swedes will face off with the Finns in the semifinals on Saturday. 

Semifinal & Medal Round Schedule

Following a day off on Friday, the two semifinal games will be played on Saturday. Medal games - the two winning teams facing off for gold and the two losing teams competing for bronze - will follow on Sunday.

This weekend's schedule is below. Click here to see quarterfinal results, and click here to see preliminary round results.

2017 IIHF World Championship Semifinals & Finals
May 20 Canada vs. Russia 4-2 NHL Network
May 20 Finland vs. Sweden 1-4 NHL Network
May 21 Russia vs. Finland 5-3 NHL Network
May 21 Canada vs. Sweden 1-2 (SO) NHL Network
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