The Canadians were leading by three goals at the beginning of the third period. Jack Quinn, Samuel Blais and Michael Carcone were among the scorers. Later, Teemu Hartikainen reduced the defending champion’s goal for the Finns, and the result of the match was set by Tyler Toffoli, who directed the puck into an empty net in the end. In the last three editions of the World Cup, these teams played in the finals and the Finns won twice.
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The rivals of the Canadians in the semi-finals will be Latvians, who advanced to this phase of the competition for the first time. In the match against the Swedes, they took the lead in the first period after a goal from Dans Locmelis. Timothy Liljegren equalized in the second set. The end of the meeting, however, belonged to the co-hosts of the tournament. The second goal was scored by Miks Indrasis, and Janis Jaks scored to make it 3-1 when the Latvians were playing in the lead.
The decisive phase of the tournament will take place in Tampere, Finland. In Saturday’s semi-finals, the Americans will face Germany, and the Canadians will play Latvians. The final and the third place match will be played on Sunday.
quarterfinals – Thursday:
USA – Czech Republic 3-0 (1-0, 1-0, 1-0)
Switzerland – Germany 1:3 (0:1, 1:2, 0:0)
Sweden – Latvia 1:3 (0:1, 1:0, 0:2)
Canada – Finland 4:1 (1:0, 1:0, 2:1)
semi-finals – Saturday, Tampere:
USA – Germany
Latvia – Canada
match for 3rd place and final – Sunday, Tampere.