Ice Hockey World Championship: Canada hit back with a 7-1 win against France

Canada finished third in Group A after beating France 7-1 in their final two-legged game at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland on Tuesday.

The Winnipeg Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, the Buffalo Sabers’ Dylan Cozens and the Ottawa Senators’ Drake Batherson were the offensive mainstays of the win.

Dubois had two goals and one assist, Cozens had one goal and two assists while Batherson had four assists. Zach Whitecloud also made his party with a goal and an assist.

“We are happy with our performance tonight. We didn’t want to give other teams chances to score or expose our defense, that was part of our game plan. We don’t have to reply to teams in quick succession during a game. You just have to limit the scoring chances you give and take advantage of the ones you get,” Dubois said.

Maxime Comtois, Eric O’Dell and Damon Severson scored the other goals for Canada, who headed 44 pucks towards goaltender Sebastian Ylonen.

On the other hand, Chris Driedger only had to block 18 shots to claim the win. Anthony Rech robbed him of the third third of a shutout at 8:20 a.m.

“I liked the full effort we put in for 60 minutes tonight. We did what was needed and improved certain aspects of our game that we wanted to work on. We circulated the puck a lot better, fired more shots and won in front of the opposition net. I’m happy with the reaction of the players today,” said head coach Claude Julien.

With this win, Canada (5-0-2-0 – 15 points) ended up behind Switzerland (6-1-0-0 – 20 points) and Germany (5-0-1-1 – 16 points).

In Thursday’s quarterfinals, the Canadian team will try to beat Sweden (5-1-0-1 – 18 points), who are second in Group B, one point behind Finland. The meeting is scheduled to begin Thursday morning at 9:20 am Quebec time.

“We knew whichever team was waiting for us in the quarterfinals, they were going to be tough opponents. We have to be patient against Sweden, but we know we have character and our players are ready to take on the challenge. »

In the remaining games of the quarter-final round on Thursday, the Czech Republic (3rd in Group B) meets Germany, Switzerland meets the USA (4th in Group B) and Finland meets Slovakia (4th in Group A).

The semi-finals will take place on Saturday and the medal bouts will be presented on Sunday.

Switzerland v. United States also on the menu; Finland is at its World Cup

Finland, the reigning Olympic champions, finished the group stage of their home World Cup in first place in their group and will meet Slovakia in the quarter-finals on Thursday

Two and a half months after their first Olympic victory, the Finnish Lions dominated Group B, winning six, losing just one in extra time to their great Swedish rivals (3-2) and conceding just five goals.

The 2021 runners-up, in search of a fourth planetary coronation, will find Slovakia in Thursday’s quarterfinals, a surprise team from the Beijing 2022 Olympics they beat 2-0 in the Olympics semifinals Tournament and who finished fourth in Group B.

But the team that made the strongest impression in this first phase is Switzerland, who won these seven preliminary round matches in Group B.

Switzerland, who have never won the world title, meet the United States, bereft of their NHL stars, in the quarterfinals.

The last ticket for the semifinals will be played between Germany and the Czech Republic.

This 2022 World Championship will be contested without Russia and Belarus, who were banned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in March after invading Ukraine.

The two reserve teams, France and Austria, secured their place in the top division and finished 6th in Group A and Group B respectively.

Italy, 4 years before the 2026 Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Olympics, and Great Britain finished in the last two places and are relegated to Division 1A, the 2nd World League.

These two teams will be replaced during the 2023 World Cup by Slovenia, who just won World 1A, and Hungary, whose organization was stripped from Russia.

Canada lends itself wings against France

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