It should be a fun show, but not for the Swiss. Take Canada by a handful of pucks. They should storm into the semifinals, a perch that gives them two games to clinch a medal. Germany is the proverbial IIHF overachiever.
For a time, it seemed as if the United States players were going to boycott the world championship amid a dispute over financial support and other assistance they were seeking from U.
But an agreement was struck three days before the tournament began, and the Americans opened with a win over Canada. The next day, the sport was rocked when Canada was upset by Finland. It was the first time Canada had ever lost a world championship game to a team other than the United States.
There would be no more surprises.
Canada avenged its earlier loss by defeating Finland, , in the first semifinal Thursday. The United States then routed Germany, , in the other semifinal. So it will be the United States versus Canada for the gold medal on Friday night — just as everyone expected.
In the second period, which was played almost entirely in the German end, the Americans scored three goals in the first four minutes to take a lead. By the end of the period, they were ahead by For the game, the United States outshot Germany, Canada reached the final by playing a faster and more confident game than in its last meeting with Finland.
Canada stormed the Finnish goal early on and broke through late in the first period when Sarah Potomak tapped in a loose puck. In a desperate move, Finland pulled Raty with five minutes to play, and Canada added an empty-net goal.
For both teams, more than a gold medal and a world title would be on the line. Throughout the tournament, the Americans have drawn energy and inspiration from the outpouring of support — from N.
The Canadian team is playing to reassert its place at the top of international hockey. I think a big start would be huge for us. Three times in the last seven world championships, the loser of a preliminary matchup between the teams has taken revenge in the gold medal game.
The United States did it in and In , the Americans, playing in front of a home crowd in Burlington, Vt. But Canada went home with the title, taking the final, , in overtime.
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