- Canada and Finland both won their semifinal games in the IIHF world hockey championship, ensuring a third consecutive gold medal matchup.
- David Krejci of Czechia scored first, and Cozens knotted it late in the first stanza. Two assists were given to Drake Batherson.
On Saturday, Canada and Finland won their semifinal games to set up a third consecutive gold-medal matchup at the IIHF world hockey tournament.
Finland won gold in Slovakia in 2019, the event in 2020 was canceled owing to the pandemic, and Canada won gold in Latvia last year. Finland will have home ice for the final match on Sunday at the Nokia Arena.
“We know the place will be rocking, and also the Finns are playing for gold at home,” Canadian forward Dylan Cozens said. “However, we must attempt to get off to a solid start and not allow (Finland) to gain momentum from their fans.”
In Canada’s 6-1 triumph over Czechia, Cozens scored two goals and added an assist. In the other semifinal, Finland defeated the United States 4-3.
Midway through the second period, Canada surged away with three goals in three minutes and 19 seconds. Kent Johnson’s goal was wedged between Adam Lowry and Matt Barzal’s power-play goals.
“The Czechs have been excellent on the penalty kill throughout the tournament, and we were able to take advantage of a couple of power plays today,” he said, “Claude Julien, the Canadian head coach, stated. “We’ll spend some time studying Finland’s penalty kill in the hopes of finding a solution, similar to what we did against the Czechs.
“We know Finland has a good special teams program, so we expect a tough match tomorrow night.”
Czechia’s David Krejci scored early, and Cozens tied the game late in the first period. Drake Batherson was credited with two assists.
“We came here to win,” Ryan Graves, a Canadian defenseman, remarked. “We’re proud of our hockey.” Hockey is in our DNA as Canadians, so I’m sure everyone back home is rooting for us to win gold.
“It’s an honor to represent your nation, and that’s why we’ve come all this way.”
The Canadians outshot Czechia 35-26 and had an insurance goal from Cole Sillinger. Chris Dreidger, a Canadian goalkeeper, made 25 saves.
“There will be some adversity tomorrow in front of the (Finnish fans), and we will have to battle through it,” Canada forward Pierre-Luc Dubois said. “We have a lot of faith in ourselves as well as know what we’re capable of,” says the group.
On Sunday, the Americans will compete for bronze against Czechia.
Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and added two assists in Finland’s semifinal victory. Finland also had goals from Sami Vatanen, Joel Armia, and Sakari Manninen, with Jussi Olkinuora making 25 saves.
The Finns earned their first Olympic gold medal in Beijing this year.
“It’s unique,” Mikko Lehtonen, a defenseman, remarked. “Right now, it’s only one game.” It’s the end of the road. It doesn’t matter who you play, but it’s always special for us to play in front of our home fans.”
The Americans got Nate Schmidt, Sean Farrell, and Adam Gaudette goals. Jeremy Swayman came up with 22 saves.
“It’s a difficult one,” Farrell said. “We gave it everything we had, but they’re a tremendously excellent team, and they came out on top.” All we have to do now is regroup and get ready to compete for a medal tomorrow.”
The Canadian Press initially published this information on May 28, 2022.
Source: CTV News
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