Canada beats Finland to reach world hockey championship semifinals
TAMPERE, Finland — Canada secured a semifinal berth at the world hockey championship and also avenged a memorable loss to host Finland on Thursday.
Jack Quinn, Samuel Blais, Michael Carcone and Tyler Toffoli scored as Canada posted a 4-1 victory at the Nokia Arena.
Teemu Hartikainen scored late in the third period for Finland, but Toffoli answered less than a minute later to ice the victory.
“We knew it was going to be a tight game,” said Canada goalie Samuel Montembeault, who made 27 saves. “But that big third goal for us put the weight off our shoulders.”
Carcone made it 3-0 at 2:54 of the third period after Quinn and Blais staked Canada to an early lead.
Hartikainen finally gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he tallied with 3:07 left to play, but Toffoli scored an empty-netter with 2:18 remaining.
Emil Larmi made 27 saves for Finland.
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Finland defeated Canada 4-3 in overtime to win gold last year. It was the third straight time that the two sides played for gold at this event.
Canada will next play Latvia, a surprise 3-1 winner over perennial contender Sweden. The United States will face Germany in Saturday’s other semifinal.RECOMMENDED VIDEO
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Medal games are scheduled for Sunday.
Finland beat Canada in 2019, but Canada took gold in the rematch two years later. The 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.