Day 13 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships
The other quarterfinal games have been played in Bratislava. Here’s how they went:
Finland vs. Norway
After a scoreless first period, Ken Andre Limb is awarded a penalty shot to get Norway on the board early in the second. He scores and they’re up 1-0. But a short time later, Jarkko Immonen gets Finland into a tie on the powerplay. Tuomo Ruutu would score the next Finnish powerplay goal to give them the 2-1 lead. Immonen would make it 3-1, again on the powerplay, the goal scored by Jani Lajunen. No scoring in the third, making the Finns semifinalists with the 4-1 win. Their next opponent is listed below.
Canada vs. Russia
After a scoreless first period where each team took a penalty early, Jason Spezza would get Canada on the board 5:32 into the second. John Tavares takes an uncalled for double minor for high sticking, but thankfully for him, it was killed off. In the third, Canada ended up with a long powerplay (with a brief 5-on-3 between the ends of the 5-on-4) and with 17 seconds left in Artyukhin minor, Russia scores a shorthanded goal to tie the game. Just over 3 minutes later, Ilya Kovalchuk scores his first goal of the tournament, giving Russia the 2-1 lead. With Jonathan Bernier off to the bench for the extra attacker, Canada pressed hard for the equalizer, but to no avail. Russia would hang on and beat the Canadians 2-1, denying them another shot at a possible medal.
The semifinals on Friday will feature the Czech Republic vs. Sweden at 10 am ET and Finland vs. Russia at 2 pm ET. The winners of those semifinal games will play for Gold on Sunday. The runners-up will play for Bronze in the Sunday early game.