(Riga) Canada will make the final at the World Hockey Championship for the fifth time in the last six tournaments.
Posted on Jun 5, 2021 at 10:21 a.m.
The Canadian Press
The Canadians defeated the United States 4-2 on Saturday in the first semi-final.
Canada will face the winner of the semi-final between Finland and Germany on Sunday.
Justin Danforth’s goal in an empty net with 23 seconds left sealed the game for Canada.
Andrew Mangiapane, with two, and Brandon Pirri also scored for Canada, while goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves.
Colin Blackwell and Sasha Chmelevski replied for the United States, while goaltender Cal Petersen refused 29 shots.
Mangiapane of the Calgary Flames has seven goals in six games.
After entering the tournament with three losses, Canada won three in a row before losing in a shootout to Finland to earn a place in the playoffs.
Canada narrowly avoided missing the playoffs for the first time at an Olympics or World Championship.
In the quarterfinals, Canada beat Russia 2-1 in overtime.
Canada lost to Finland in the 2019 final. The 2020 tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s last gold medals at this tournament date back to 2015 and 2016.