Canada escaped a late lead in the third period to fall 3-2 in a shootout to Finland in their final World Hockey Championship preliminary round game on Tuesday in Riga, leaving their fate in the hands of two. formations that will compete later in the day.
A victory would have given the Maple Leaf a ticket to the quarter-finals of the tournament, but the squad of head coach Gerard Gallant will have to hope that the duel between Latvia and Germany is decided in extra time. In such a case, the Canadian team will finish fourth in Group B and face the Russians. It will be eliminated if the host club and the German formation settle the case within 60 minutes.
Quebecer Maxime Comtois gave Canada the lead in a power play in the second period, except that the Scandinavians created the deadlock with four minutes to go in the third period through Arttu Ruotsalainen, author of a double. In the breakaway session, three Finnish players hit the target at the expense of Darcy Kuemper, while Brandon Pirri, who also scored early in the game, was the lone Canadian to score.
Goalkeeper Jussi Olkinuora turned back 32 pucks, three more than Kuemper.