CANADA DEFEATS FINLAND TO ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS OF WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Canada advanced to the semifinals of the World Hockey Championship with a 4-1 victory over Finland on Thursday. Teemu Hartikainen scored late in the third period for Finland, but Tyler Toffoli answered less than a minute later to ice the victory. The win sets up a semifinal matchup against Latvia, while the United States will face Germany in the other semifinal.
Montembeault made 27 saves for Canada while Emil Larmi stopped 27 shots for Finland. The victory makes up for a loss last year to Finland, who defeated Canada 4-3 in overtime to win gold. The tournament was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada took an early lead with goals from Tanner Quinn and Alex Blais before Michael Carcone made it 3-0 in the third period. Hartikainen scored with 3:07 left in the game, but Toffoli scored an empty-net goal with 2:18 remaining to secure the win for Canada.
The win sets up a semifinal matchup against Latvia, who pulled off a surprise 3-1 victory over traditional contender Sweden. The United States will face Germany in the other semifinal. The medal games are scheduled for Sunday.
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