Goal celebrations of Canadian players Source: SITA / AP / Martin Meissner TAMPERE – Canadian hockey players became the second finalists of the World Championships in Finland. In the semifinal duel, they defeated the Czech Republic 6: 1 and after a year they will play for gold again. Their opponents in Sunday’s final will be the same as last year’s Finns, who won the USA 4: 3 in the semifinals. The Czechs led David Krejčí 1-0 with a power-play goal, but the Canadians equalized at the end of the first part and another third belonged to them. They scored three goals in three minutes, giving them a decisive lead. In the final part, they guarded him without any major problems and added two more goals.
Canada – Czech Republic 6: 1 (1: 1, 3: 0, 2: 0)
Goals: 20. Cozens (Dubois), 28. Lowry (Johnson, Chabot), 29. Johnson (Mercer), 31. Barzal (Cozens, Batherson), 44. Sillinger (Anderson), 53. Cozens (Batherson, Whitecloud) – 8. Tailor (Červenka, Hronek). Judges: Heikkinen (Finn), Rekucki – Briganti (both USA), Sormunen (Finn), disqualification: 4: 5 for 2 min., Power-ups: 2: 1, weakening: 0: 0, 9047 spectators. Canada: Driedger – Chabot, Graves, Severson, Sanheim, Holden, Whitecloud, Mayo – Batherson, Dubois, Cozens – Anderson, Barzal, Sillinger – Comtois, Lowry, Roy – Johnson, Gregor, Mercer – Geekie
Czech Republic: Vejmelka – Hronek, Kempny, Kundratek, Ščotka, Šimek, Sklenička, Jordán – Pastrňák, Krejčí, Červenka – Zohorna, Hertl, Blümel – Vrána, Kämpf, Smejkal – Stránský, Černoch, Flek – Špaček The Czechs had a better entry into the match, which was helped by a four-minute power play after Whitecloud’s foul on Pastrňák. In the second part, after penetrating the offensive zone, he got to shoot Krejčí and shot Driedger – 1: 0. The next minutes already belonged to the Czech team during the game of five against five. He had two power plays in a short sequence, Hronek had the best chance in them, but the puck did not reach the goal up close. The Canadians defended themselves, did not collect even after Hertl’s escape and leveled 33 seconds before the end of the first period. The Czechs did not get the puck out of the zone during the pass and the confusion around Vejmelek’s goalkeeper was taken advantage of by Cozens – 1: 1. The second third belonged to the Canadians in the casino, in goals, and finally decided on their victory. They started it with Comtois’ unchanging opportunity, but they didn’t despise the first power play in the match. The Czech defense left too much space for Lowry, who had time to finish in front of Vejmelek – 2: 1. In the 29th minute, the Czech goalkeeper shot a Mercera shot right in front of Johnson, who adjusted to 3: 1 in the exposed goal. Krejčí fouled in two minutes, Barzal waited in the power play for the moment when Dubois covered Vejmel’s view and shot him – 4: 1. The Canadians were on horseback and it was increasingly difficult for the Czech team to surprise them. Vrána did not return to the match in the 37th minute, who did not succeed in an independent escape. At the end of the second part, the Canadians worked out several chances, but did not add another goal. They managed to do so in the 44th minute, when Sillinger chose a shot in a two-on-two break and hit the ideal – 5: 1. In the 47th minute, Vrána was in another separate escape, the Canadian player fouled him, but Pastrňák did not beat Driedger from a penalty shot. The Czechs were still trying to come up with something, but the confident Canadians did not allow them anything and their counterattacks threatened to score more goals. In the 53rd minute, they added the sixth goal, when Cozens’ backhand surprised Vejmelka from the circles – 6: 1. The Czechs responded with a coaching challenge in which they failed, giving Canada another power play. The overseas team did not take advantage of Johnson or Sillinger’s chances at the end of the match. votes (source: IIHF, hokej.cz):
Pierre-Luc Dubois, Canadian striker: “The only reason we came here is the final match. We came to play for gold and do everything we can to win it. We took the first step, now the second one is ahead of us. is to finish our job by winning the last match of the tournament. We are only interested in gold. ” Kari Jalonen, Czech coach: “Of course, I’m disappointed. We had a chance, but now it’s useless to talk about them. We have to respect the result and congratulate Canada. Its players played really well. They dominated from the second period and we couldn’t react. That’s what hockey life is like. There’s nothing to speculate about anymore. We’ll look ahead. We’ll play bronze on Sunday, we have to be prepared for it. ” Photo gallery for article Number of photos: 13 Author: © VIDEO list: NHL Source: TASR