For the fifth year in a row, Team Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the IIHF World Championship tournament. In Thursdays game they were beaten by a score of 3-2 by Finland.
Canada came out of the gates roaring. Brayden Schenn had multiple opportunities early on in the game, even ringing one shot off of the post. Unfortunately for him, Pekka Rinne was up to the task. Despite Canada’s domination, Finland took an early 1-0 lead.
Canada came out in the second period doing exactly what they did in the first period. Finally, they got Rinne to crack. Kyle Turris made a great defensive play to strip the puck from a Finnish player, he got the puck up to Matt Read, and then Read returned the puck to Turris who tied the game.
Mark Sheifele scored a few minutes later to give Canada the lead.
Only 28 seconds into the third period Finland scored. The goal was a slapshot that trickled by Ben Scrivens, who will surely want that goal back. The Canadians continued to pressure the Finns, holding them without a shot for long periods of time.
However, with just over three minutes remaining Tyler Myers made a costly turnover at his own blue-line. Braydon Coburn was left all alone to handle a two on one. Finland scored on the play and came away with a 3-2 victory.
Despite being held off of the scoresheet, Brayden Schenn had a solid game. He logged 15:48 of ice time, had three shots on goal, and was 55% on faceoffs. What that faceoff statistic cannot tell you is that Schenn won two clutch defensive zone draws late in the third period, and he won them both cleanly.
Read had an assist to add to his point total, continued to skate on the top line, and did a wonderful job killing penalties. His 12:48 of ice time was below his tournament average, yet he still managed to get two shots on goal.
Braydon Coburn played well alongside Tyler Myers, who had a rough game. Coburn logged 17:25 and made numerous smart plays. Overall, it is hard to be upset with his performance in the tournament.
The semifinal match ups will take place on Saturday. The games feature Russia vs Sweden and Czech Republic vs Finland.