The Latvians breathed their last for another sensation, but the Canadians overthrew the semi-final in the third period

Canada’s hockey players beat Latvia 4-2 in the World Cup semi-finals in Tampere and advanced to the final for the fourth consecutive time. Adam Fantilli scored the winning goal in the 49th minute.

Canadian ice hockey players beat Latvia 4-2 in the semi-finals of the World Championship in Tampere and will attack for the 28th title. Coach André Tourigny’s side lost twice, but eventually celebrated their fourth consecutive promotion to the final. They last triumphed penultimate year in Riga. 18-year-old forward Adam Fantilli scored the winning goal at 48:56, and 43 seconds before the end, Scott Laughton confirmed the victory in an empty net on the power play.

“Thursday (against Finland) we didn’t give the fans a chance to get fired up, but today the Latvians led twice and had the fans behind them. We knew we had to be patient “There was no reason to be. We were shooting, we were going on goal and that’s what turned it around,” Canadian defender Tyler Myers told the IIHF website.

Canadian defender Justin Barron got the first chance in the 2nd minute, which did not beat Arturs Šilovs from the position between the circles. The Latvian keeper was also able to handle Jack Quinn’s attempt and Scott Laughton’s cornering shot.

At 8.18 a.m., the Latvians were rejoicing in the lead, and even after the move from Riga, the Nokia Arena, thanks to the large number of fans, again had an almost family-like environment. After Kristaps Zile’s shot from the blue line in the first save, Rihards Bukarts has yet to beat Samuel Montembeault, but Dans Ločmelis has already succeeded in the second.

Midway through the first half, captain Tyler Toffoli had the chance to equalize by hitting the right post with a backhand shot. Miks Indrašis could have increased the score before the first break, whose first attempt was deflected by the Canadian goalkeeper and the second just missed the goal.

Early in the second half, the Canadians gave the Latvians the first power play of the game with a bad substitution, and after an illegal interception by Pierre-Olivier Joseph, they had to defend for 58 seconds in a three-on-five. The Latvians defended from a penalty from Rihards Bukarts and mid-game Deniss Smirnovs missed from a good position from the left circle. In the 32nd minute, when Rodrigo Abols was sent off, the right stick helped Šilovs after Fantilli’s shot.

After a series of eliminations, the situation has not changed. Canada equalized in the 36th minute. After a pass from Peyton Krebs, Sammy Blais hit a bouncing puck from the right right circle into the opposite top corner of the net.

In 66 seconds, the Latvians were again in the lead. Rudolfs Bukarts broke away from MacKenzie Weegar and beat Montembeault with a shot to the receiver. Before the second break, the Latvian goalkeeper took the hit from Toffoli after pressure from Canada.

After 45 seconds of the final game, Jack Quinn erased the loss, sending the puck over Šilovs’ mask and into the goal at a negative angle. Canada got a turnaround in the 49th minute, when Fantilli tricked defender Ralfs Freibergs between the circles and sent his team ahead 3-2 with a shot at the receiver.

“I received a pass from (Milan) Lucic, it was between the circles in a one-on-one situation. I was trying to indicate the movement and get into a shooting position. It fell there and I’m very happy about it,” Fantilli said. The predicted number two in the June NHL Draft was happy with the first goal of the tournament.

Less than three minutes from the end, the Latvians’ hopes of an equalizer were dashed by the dismissal of Oskars Batna. On the power play, Michael Carcone had the chance to secure the Canadian victory. This was only possible on the power play for Laughton, who hit an empty net from his own defensive zone.

“I’m sure if we had played the semi-final in Riga it would have been a completely different game. But there was a good atmosphere here too. A lot of fans came and tried to support us. We will try to finish tomorrow. It’s the last game of the season, we’ll give it our all and we’ll see,” goalkeeper Šilovs said.

Tampere Ice Hockey World Championship – Semi-finals:

Canada – Latvia 4:2 (0:1, 1:1, 3:0)

Goals and assists: 36. Blais (Krebs, Middleton), 41. J. Quinn (Crouse, Laughton), 49. Fantilli (Lucic, Barron), 60. Laughton – 9. Ločmelis (Rihards Bukarts, Zile), 37. Balcers. Referees: Kaukokari (Fin.), MacFarlane – Briganti, Davis (all USA). Excluding: 6:6. No Use. Viewers: 8,669.

Canada: Montembeault – Weegar, Middleton, Barron, Hunt, Myers, Joseph – Fantilli, Glass, Lucic – J. Quinn, Laughton, Crouse – Blais, Krebs, Neighbors – Toffoli, McBain, Carcone. Trainer: Tourigny.

Latvia: Šilovs – Balinskis, Zile, Rubins, Jaks, Čukste, Freibergs, Cibulskis – Daugavinš, Abols, Balcers – M. Dzierkals, Batna, Roberts Bukarts – Indrašis, Ločmelis, Rihards Bukarts – Krastenbergs, Smirnovs, Andersons – Keninš. Coach: Vitolins.

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