Canada were the first team to rise to the game for the gold medal with a 5-0 shutout against Russia and Canada gave a shot in a tournament championship.
Canada wants to be the first team to win titles for the last time in a row since 2005. The final appearance is also Canada’s fourth appearance in the past six years, with gold in 2018 and 2020.
It only took 59 seconds for the Canadians to open the classification. Alex Newhook, who had just missed the quarter-finals with an upper body injury on Thursday, shot under the crossbar and quickly came out – a game that was not originally named. A check about 30 seconds later revealed that the shot actually fired, giving Canada the first hit in the tournament in six games.
« It was great to have a great start there. Our entire team flew, « said Newhook, although he originally didn’t know he had scored. « To get one on the first shift, I always think it’s great to get one then and get some energy for the guys right away. I think we carried that through the whole game, so a lot of effort. «
Connor McMichael would double Canada’s lead shortly after halfway through the opening period. At 10:33 am, Dylan Cozens was fighting a Russian defender to bring the puck to Jakob Pelletier. Pelletier then found McMichael waiting alone on the doorstep, and the prospect of Washington Capitals sent a quick shot past Jaroslaw Askarow for the 2-0 advantage. Cole Perfetti added a goal with the man advantage to make it 3-0 five minutes later, a big lead in the second frame.
One of the biggest stories in the game was Askarov – and not because of his usual strong performance. Just like he lost it at the Perfetti goal, Askarov lost his stick, which moved from post to post in the middle stanza, just seconds before Braden Schneider’s wrist shot scored the 4-0. Askarov’s inability to argue his own bat has been a story throughout the tournament, be it to drop him on a game or to mishandle the puck behind the net, or to get the puck into the neutral zone.
The Russians seemed to have had something to cheer about late in the day. Rodion Amirov With McMichael in the box three minutes from time, Rodion Amirov struck Devon Levi on a rebound to give Russia the first goal of the game. Unfortunately for the prospect of Toronto Maple Leafs, the goal was checked and revoked after it was discovered that the game had been offside some 20 seconds earlier, returning the game to 4-0. Cozens would meet the Leer-Netter to seal the deal late in the third.
With the 27-save shutout, Levi is only the second goalkeeper in Team Canada history to post three shutouts in a single tournament after Justin Pogge in 2006. In six games, Levi has only allowed three goals and has one . Save 975 percent, the best in a single goalkeeper tournament with at least four games played.
« I’m not playing for a shutout record, I’m playing for a gold medal, » said Levi. « I’m looking for tomorrow and it might be something to watch after the tournament, but the work isn’t done yet. «
It wasn’t easy when the team gave up the 3-1 lead late in the game, but the US will be promoted to the gold medal game after beating Finland 4-3 on Monday.
Since the tournament was played in the style of a championship game, Canada and the US have met four times in the finals, with the US winning the last three games (2004, 2013, 2017). .
The Americans were the first to step onto the board in the first frame after Alex Turcotte was in the defender’s inside position and caught a ricochet from a 12:39 shot from Arthur Kaliyev. But two minutes later, Kasper Simontaival equalized the power game after a clever pass from Kasper Puutio in front of the net, which fixed the matter at once.
But a two-goal period for the USA put Finland in a difficult position. At 35:53 PM, John Farinacci took a long pass from Jackson Lacombe and ran all alone, defeating Kari Piiroinen with a quick deke to regain American leadership. 1:07 later, Matthew Boldy redirected Trevor Zegras’ shot into the power game to give the US the greatest advantage of the game.
Finland were the better team in the last 25 minutes of the game and they were rewarded with a 51:38 goal to bring them to life late in the competition. Simontaival scored again and took a nice feed from Puutio before beating a sprawling Spencer Knight and cutting the lead down to just one.
Saturday’s hero of the Finns, Roni Hirvonen, would make it big again for his country. At 5:17 p.m. on power play, Hirvonen grabbed the loose puck of an Anton Lundell shot and squeaked it past Knight at a difficult angle to end the game at 3 p.m.. But it wasn’t enough to trigger the full comeback as Kaliyev puck-shuck 71 seconds before the end to secure the win for the Americans – but it definitely wasn’t easy.
1. Devon Levi, G (CAN): Levi’s run is one of the best a Canadian goalkeeper has seen in this tournament in a while. Third shutout of the tournament after another goose egg in the pre-tournament.
2. Arthur Kaliyev, LW (USA): With the winning goal and the help in opening, Kaliyev played his best game of the tournament at the best time.
3. Kasper Simontaival, RW (FIN): He picked a great time to get pucks into the net but his two goals weren’t enough for the Finns.
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