Canada beats Russia in overtime in World Hockey Championship quarter-finals
RIGA, LATVIA – Andrew Mangiapane scored a scoring goal in overtime as Canada beat Russia 2-1 in the quarterfinal of the world hockey championship on Thursday.
The Calgary Flames forward’s goal on an assist from Troy Stecher, 2:12 in extra period gave Canada the upset victory.
After accepting a pass from Mangiapane, Stecher escaped two Russian defenders and returned the ice to his teammate for the winner.
“I pulled off a stunt like that in practice yesterday and (assistant general manager) Shane Doan kind of gave me a hard time not doing it in a game,” Stecher said. âI think my gut got the better of it and I was able to find (Mangiapane), and it kind of worked out. I feel like I started playing very confidently in this tournament, confidence that I didn’t necessarily have during the NHL regular season, it paid off for me and it certainly paid off in overtime.
Canada will face the United States in the semi-finals on Saturday. Finland face Germany in the other semi-final. The final is Sunday.
This is the first time that Canada and the United States have played so late in the tournament since 1950.
After losing their first three games of the tournament, Canada won the next three before losing in a shootout to Finland to secure fourth and final playoff place in their group.
Canada narrowly avoided missing the playoffs for the first time at an Olympics or world championship.
Russia, meanwhile, won six of the seven preliminary round games to finish first in the other group.
âIt was a great overall effort from our team tonight,â said Mangiapane. “I think everyone in our room believed we could (win). We know our game has gone in the right direction and it was great for us to fight in the third period to get the win.”
Mangiapane has five goals and four assists in five games.
Adam Henrique scored the power-play tying goal for Canada in the third period. Yevgeni Timkin opened the scoring for Russia.
Darcy Kuemper blocked 24 shots for Canada, while Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for Russia.
“I am really proud of our group,” said coach GÃ©rard Gallant. âIt was difficult to come to Latvia because we had a few days of quarantine and then only three days of training before we started the tournament. It took us a little while to find our game, but our team found one way and fought hard. our seven preliminary round games. It was gratifying to see our group working as hard as they did, and tonight was a huge win for us.
In the remaining quarter-finals, Germany beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout, the United States beat Slovakia 6-1 and Finland edged the Czech Republic 1-0.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 3, 2021.