TAMPERE, Finland – Drake Batherson scored in a powerplay 43 seconds into overtime to give Canada a 4-3 comeback victory over Sweden on Thursday night in the world hockey quarterfinals.
In the semifinals on Saturday, defending champion Canada will face the Czech Republic and the United States will face Finland. The Czech Republic beat Germany 4-1, the USA topped Switzerland 3-0 and Finland beat Slovakia 4-2.
Canada overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third period. Ryan Graves made it 1:21 into the period and Pierre-Luc Dubois and Matt Barzal connected at 30-second intervals late in the regulation.
After William Nylander was called to have stumbled 25 seconds into extra time, Batherson fired a sharp shot behind goalkeeper Linus Ullmark from the bottom of the rounding circle.
“Obviously, falling 3-0 in the third period was not what we planned, but we could get that goal early in the third,” said Batherson. “I was frustrated that I took a penalty, and to be honest I thought we would have a hard time coming back, but we never gave up.”
Nylander, Carl Klingbergr and Max Friberg scored for Sweden.
Chris Driedger stopped 16 shots for Canada. Ullmark made 38 saves for Sweden.
In the US victory, Ben Meyers scored twice, Adam Gaudette added a goal and Jeremy Swayman made 33 saves.
Marko Anttila scored two goals to help Finland beat Slovakia. David Krejci, David Pastrnak, Roman Cervenka and Jiri Smejkal scored in the Czech Republic’s victory over Germany.