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Brassard Helps Leads Canada Into Gold Medal Game

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

Derick Brassard's clutch game-tying goal late in the second period helped Canada rally from a 3-2 deficit and defeat the United States 4-3 in semifinal action Saturday at the 2016 World Championships. Canada will face Finland--3-1 winners over host Russia on Saturday--in Sunday's Gold Medal game.

Canada had skated to a 2-0 lead after one period of play, but the United States scored three consecutive goals to take the lead in the second. The first of those Team USA goals came with Brassard sitting in the penalty box serving a delay of game penalty.

However Brassard would come through for Canada with a power play goal of his own at 15:30 of the second to tie the score, 3-3. Brassard skated in from the left to collect a loose puck and beat a sprawling Keith Kinkaid with a quick release for his fifth goal of the tournament. Ryan Ellis scored the game-winning goal for Canada just 1:34 into the third period.

Brassard leads Canada--and is ranked fifth among all players--in scoring with 11 points (5-6-11) through nine games at the 2016 World Championships. He has recorded at least one point in eight of the nine games Canada has played, so far.

Rangers rookie defenseman Brady Skjei logged 14 minutes 25 seconds of ice time in the loss for the United States, recording one shot on goal. Skjei and his Team USA teammates will face Russia in the Bronze Medal game on Sunday.

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