Canada beats Germany 2-1 at IIHF, will play Russia in semifinals
Team Canada gather after winning the Ice Hockey World Championships quarterfinal match between Canada and Germany in the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Carol Schram, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:29PM EDT
Mark Scheifele and Jeff Skinner scored to lead Canada to a 2-1 win over Germany in quarter-final action Thursday at the world hockey championship.
Scheifele opened the scoring on Canada's first power play of the game and Skinner scored in the second period as Canada overcame a fired-up German team and a deafening sold-out crowd at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.
Canada will face Russia in Cologne in Saturday's semifinals.
Both teams traded chances in a high-tempo first period as the Germans, who beat Latvia in a shootout Tuesday to qualify for the medal round for a second straight year, weren't afraid to play a physical game against Canada.
Scheifele finally put the two-time defending champions on the board with 2:49 to play in the opening frame when he roofed a Ryan O'Reilly pass from behind the net over sprawling German netminder Philipp Grubauer.
In the second period, Canada outshot Germany 20-0 before Dennis Seidenberg directed a puck on Calvin Pickard in the dying seconds. Skinner scored his fourth goal of the tournament to give Canada some insurance, converting a rebound off a shot from Mike Matheson with 1:59 to play in the second.
After their comeback win on Tuesday, the Germans came out with renewed vigour in the third, determined not to leave the tournament without a fight. They generated two power plays, then Yannic Seidenberg got the Germans on the board on a short-handed breakaway with 6:39 left in regulation time.
Unlike Tuesday's game against Latvia, the Germans were not able to get the late equalizer as Canada survived a score from the co-hosts.
Final shots in the game were 50-20 in favour of Canada.
Finland will take on Sweden in the other semifinal Saturday after a 2-0 upset over the United States, which finished first in Group A in the preliminary round.
The Swedes advanced with a 3-1 win over Switzerland.