It was semi-final Friday at the Ice Hockey World Championships today. Russia battled the USA in one game while Canada met Sweden. The winners would have their tickets punched to Sunday’s championship final.
Russia 3 vs. USA 2 – Round two between the Cold War rivals was far closer than Russia’s 4-1 qualification round win six days ago. This was evenly played, back and forth war between the two hockey and world superpowers. But as it was last week, the Russians prevailed once again but it was far from easy. After a scoreless first period, the Americans were first off the mark with a goal by Dustin Brown. At the mid-point of the period, the Russians stormed back with two goals scored by Ilya Kovulchuk and Alex Frolov. Before the period was done, Kyle Okposo put one by Ilya Bryzgalov to knot things up. The game stayed tied until the final 107 seconds when Konstantin Gorovikov tipped one by Robert Esche off an Alex Radulov shot to win the game. The win sends Russia to the gold medal game where it looks to repeat as champions when they play Canada.
Canada 3 vs. Sweden 1 – After playing down to their quarter-final opponents, Canada found another gear in the semi-final game against Sweden. Canada got on the board quickly and never looked back to seal their place in the finals. Derek Roy scored twice to lead the Canadians offensively. Shawn Horcoff scored the other Canadian goal. Canada scored their first three goals unanswered, including two scored 45 seconds apart in the second period. Loui Eriksson scored the lone Swedish goal in the third period to end the shutout bid. Canada’s next game against Russia is a rematch from last year’s championship final with the Canadians looking for revenge.
Three Stars of the Day:
1. Derek Roy (Canada) – 2 goals
2. Ilya Kovulchuk (Russia) – 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Dwayne Roloson (Canada) – 25 saves
Third Place Game – Sweden vs. USA
Championship Game – Canada vs. Russia