SCHEIFELE, STONE LEAD CANADA INTO SEMIS

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Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 19 times

WENDY GRAVES

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – What a difference a couple of days can make.

Forty-eight hours after being shut out, Canada’s National Men’s Team responded by blanking Sweden 6-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Canada now faces the United States in the semifinals.

Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Winnipeg, NHL) and Mark Stone (Winnipeg, Man./Ottawa, NHL) led the way with a goal and two assists each.

Matt Dumba (Calgary, Alta./Minnesota, NHL), Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, N.S./Boston, NHL), Max Domi (Toronto, Ont./Arizona, NHL) and Derick Brassard (Hull, Que./New York Rangers, NHL) also scored.

Cam Talbot (Caledonia, Ont./Edmonton, NHL) made 24 saves for his third shutout.

Scheifele tipped in Ryan O’Reilly’s (Varna, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) point shot with less than two minutes to play in the first to open the scoring.

Three goals in a span of 6:08 of the second period turned the game in Canada’s favour for good.

An early power play appeared to be going nowhere. But with only 11 seconds remaining in the man-advantage, Dumba went glove side with his point shot. It was Canada’s first shot on the power play and Dumba’s first point at the worlds.

Canada made it 3-0 when Dumba’s shot off the end boards redirected out front for Marchand to bury the rebound.

Sweden called a timeout to settle down.

Eleven seconds later Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Buffalo, NHL) sent a centering pass to Domi, who one-timed in his first goal – and first point – of the event.

It was Canada’s third goal on four shots to that point in the period and meant that every Canadian player had now registered at least a point at the worlds.

Five minutes into the third the Canadian penalty kill faced its biggest test to date. With back-to-back minors called only eight seconds apart, Canada went down two men for 1:52. Sweden responded by pulling goaltender Jacob Markstrom for an extended three-man advantage.

Canada killed off both penalties. With Markstrom stuck to the bench, Canada continued to keep the puck in play for nearly another 90 seconds but couldn’t hit the empty net.

The fifth goal came two minutes later. Stone intercepted a pass in front for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Brendan Gallagher’s (Tsawwassen, B.C./Montreal, NHL) pass from the corner found Brassard alone in front of the net; Brassard converted on his second attempt to make it 6-0.

Canada was a perfect four for four on the penalty kill, and has now killed off 23 straight penalties.

 

Quotes:

Cam Talbot:

“I can’t say enough about the guys in front of me. They’ve been giving me some pretty good support here. We battled through some adversity last game, and it obviously didn’t go our way, but we refocused coming into tonight and came out with a big win. [For me] the biggest thing is for [the coaches] to have the confidence to put me back in there, and knowing that I could come back and rebound like I did. That was a big confidence-boost for me knowing that they had that confidence in me and I just had to go out there and make it look like a good decision.”

 

Matt Dumba on rebounding from the loss against the Finns, and today’s game against Sweden:

“We were still going to have to play three games and we had to take care of business against the Swedes. It’s unfortunate for them that we played a great game tonight. They played us hard for the first bit. We were just overbearing and imposed our will on them. [Canadian goaltender Cam Talbot] has been a monster [in net for us].”

Head coach Bill Peters:

“Our goaltender and our team had a great bounce-back game. [Looking to the semifinal against the U.S.], we have two young teams that have both grown over the course of this tournament. We will come up with a game-plan to face the U.S., and execute on it.”

 

Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 19 times – not counting the years when Olympic Winter Games gold-medallists were also considered world champions. The country has also collected 11 silver medals and six bronze in that timespan.

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