Scott Laughton intercepted a Latvia pass, looked up and saw nothing but clean ice ahead of him. He snapped off a shot from his own blue line that slid more than 100 feet into an empty net.
The Flyers forward’s goal with 43 seconds to play clinched Canada’s 4-2 victory in the World Championships semifinals Saturday.
The Canadians will play the winner of the second semifinal between Team USA and Germany. The gold-medal game will be at 1 p.m. (Philadelphia time) Sunday on NHL Network.
The goal was Laughton’s second point of the game. He assisted on Canada’s tying goal by Jack Quinn just 45 seconds into the third period. Latvia, which had won six consecutive games, took a 2-1 lead into the third.
Laughton has two goals and five assists and is a plus-7 in nine tournament games.
Adam Fantilli, the expected second overall pick in next month’s NHL draft, scored what might have been the goal of the tournament with a series of inside-out moves. The likely Anaheim draft pick then snapped a shot to give Canada a 3-2 lead at 8:56 of the third period.
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