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Canada Advances To Semis; Team USA To Play Germany

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Scott Laughton (second from right) celebrates Canada goal.
Scott Laughton (second from right) celebrates Canada goal.

Canada joined Team USA in the World Championship semifinals Thursday night with a 4-1 victory over defending champion Finland.

The Americans defeated Czechia, 3-0, earlier in the day as Flyers prospect Cutter Gauthier scored the final goal, his seventh in eight games.

“This was a tough game and I’m really proud of our team and how we stuck to our game plan,” said Team USA coach David Quinn, whose team has won all eight games at the Worlds.

“There’s a real selflessness to our team and that’s been evident from the outset.”

Team USA has won six of its last eight quarterfinal games.

For Canada, Jack Quinn, of the Buffalo Sabres, scored the opening goal against Finland. Flyers forward Scott Laughton did not figure in the scoring.

Canada has qualified for the semifinals in eight consecutive Worlds.

Semifinal games will be Saturday in Tampere, Finland. Canada will play Latvia at 7:20 a.m. (Philadelphia time). Latvia upset Sweden, 3-1, on home-ice.

The Americans will play Germany at 11:20 a.m. (Philadelphia time). Germany upset Switzerland, 3-1. Both games will be shows on NHL Network.

Team USA defeated Germany, 3-2, on May 15. Flyers defenseman Ronnie Attard scored a goal for the Americans.

Canada routed Latvia, 6-0, on May 12 — a home game in Riga for Latvia. Laughton scored a goal against Latvia.

The bronze medal game and gold medal game will be played Sunday and will be shown on NHL Network.

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