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Hamhuis, Weber Help Canada To Semifinals

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Dan Hamhuis scored a power-play goal and assisted on the game-winning goal to lead Team Canada to a 4-2 win over Latvia in the Quarterfinals of the 2009 World Championships. Fellow Preds defenseman Shea Weber picked up his 11th point of the tournament with an assist on the game’s opening goal. Weber is not only the highest scoring defenseman in the tournament, but ranks third overall in points, trailing only Canadian forward Martin St. Louis (14 points) and Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk (12 points).

After a scoreless first period, Dany Heatley put Canada up 1-0 at the 6:37 mark of the second period. Weber and Derek Roy assisted on the goal. Hamhuis made the score 2-0 with a power-play goal 14:03 into the frame. The team’s traded goals 17 seconds apart late in the second period, a shorthanded tally by Latvia to pull within one, followed quickly by a Canadian power-play goal to regain the two-score advantage. Steven Stamkos scored the Canadian goal with Hamhuis registering the lone assist on the play.

Latvia struck 1:27 into the third period to make the score 3-2, but Matthew Lombardi answered 1:40 later to close out the scoring.

With the win Canada advanced to face Sweden in Friday’s Semifinals. Sweden defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in the other Quarterfinal game.

Sweden scored five-on-four and five-on-three power-play goals in the second period to build a 2-0 lead. The Czech Republic answered with a three-on-five shorthanded goal midway through the third period, but with 2:14 left in regulation, former NHL defenseman Kenny Jonsson netted his third goal of the tournament to seal the win.

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