In Riga, Latvia, Canada plays its 39th final of the Ice Hockey World Cup. In the semi-finals, the hockey giant defeated the neighboring USA 4-2.
Canada, who started the World Cup with three defeats in the group stage and were dependent on results to advance to the playoffs, immediately advanced. After just over two minutes of play, Brandon Perry scored 1-0 after American goalkeeper Cal Petersen fired back in Shawn Walker’s shot.
I noticed that Canada has explored Petersen. He has a very tight basic posture, and it takes longer to get down in the so-called butterfly, when you are sitting on your knees. This makes him feel a little nervous and can’t get off quietly and methodically, says SVT sports expert Kim Martin Hsun.
At the end of the opening period, the United States tied, and Colin Blackwell led the puck between Darcy Comber’s leg guards at the Canadian box office. But at the beginning of the middle period, Canada regained the upper hand.
“Best Player of the Tournament”
Calgary’s Andrew Mangyapan, who joined midway through the group stage after the Flames’ regular season matches were postponed, tore up a puck and after a bit of fanfare, the striker managed to take a 2-1 lead. His sixth and tenth goal in the World Cup.
– Since he entered Canada, the entire tournament has changed. The goal is a gentle, offensive tackle and almost soccer style to distract opponents and get you a position. He’s the tournament’s best player, says SVT sports expert, Jonas Anderson.
Mangyapin then scored his seventh goal in the World Cup, and Canada’s third goal in the semi-finals. Connor Brown showed a lot of effort to shoot from the right, but the visiting goalkeeper managed to clear the ball away. 3-1 Canada.
– It was a crazy tournament. Now we have the momentum and are playing the right way. It is very interesting to see the group. It’s easy to score goals with his good teammates, we fight together,” Andrew Mangiapane tells SVT during the break.
He made great strides in the past two seasons. And it is interesting to see that he has also succeeded internationally, says colleague Mikael Backlund on SVT Broadcast.
At the beginning of the third period, Sasha Chmelevsky shrunk. In the last minutes, the United States chose the goalkeeper, but they did not equalize. Instead, Justin Danforth made it 4-2 in the open box.
In the World Cup final, the defending team is waiting for Finland or Germany.