Canada advanced to the semifinals of the Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships after winning France 7-1 in Helsinki on Tuesday.
The Canadians, who made a surprising 3-2 loss to Denmark on Monday, jumped into the 2-0 lead before the end of the first set and refused to give up towards the end of the game.
“I liked the way we played the whole 60 minutes tonight. We did the things we had to do and improved some aspects of our game that we wanted to focus on,” head coach Claude Julien said. “We moved the puck much better, we got more shots and we had traffic in front of the net, and I’m happy with how our friends react today.”
Pierre-Luc Dubois led with two goals and a pass, Dylan Cozens scored and auxiliary pass, Zach Whitecloud put one in each and Drake Batherson gave four passes.
“We don’t want to give other teams opportunities to score goals or expose us in defense, and that was the focus of tonight,” Dubois said. “We don’t have to swap goals with other teams throughout the game, but rather limit the goals they get and take advantage of ourselves.
“We are confident in our team and the players we have, and we need to play our own game and play the right way to succeed now that the medal is ahead.”
VIEW Canada cruises past France to reach semi-finals:
Eric O’Dell buried his first goal of the tournament 15:10 for the second set, giving the Canadians a 5-0 lead.
Max Comtois and Damon Severson finished the Canadian goal, improving to 5-2 in the first round.
The French (1-1-5) scored a third from Anthony Rech at 8:20.
The Canadians will face off in the Swedish quarterfinals on Thursday.
“It’s going to be an amazing game,” said Canadian Center Cole Sillinger. “[Sweden] is, of course, a very skilled team and they work hard and have good NHL players. We are really looking forward to Thursday’s challenge. “
The semi-finals will be played on Saturday and the medal games on Sunday.
The US, Finland and others are moving forward
The United States secured a place in the World Hockey Championships quarter-finals on Tuesday, the last day of the group game. This only makes it harder.
The United States knew it would survive before stepping on the ice against Norway, thanks to Sweden’s 1-0 victory over Latvia earlier in the day. With the pressure off, the United States defeated the Norwegians 4-2 Alex Galchenyuk by two points to get back into the career the day before after the defeat to the Czech Republic.
The two goals of the first set made the host country Finland beat the Czech Republic 3-0, when Jussi Olkinuora defeated 24 times.
Finland will face Slovakia in the semi-finals of the February Olympic semi-finals, while the Czech Republic will face Germany.
The day after Canada’s shock victory, Denmark missed out on the semi-finals when it lost to Slovakia 7-1 when 18-year-old Olympics MVP Juraj Slafkovsky scored a goal and a pass to Slovakia to move into the team. – leads to nine points.
Slovakia and Denmark played at the level of group games with points, but Slovakia is breaking a better mutual record.