MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. The Canadian national ice hockey team edged the Russian squad 5-4 in the overtime of a quarterfinal match of the 2018 IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championship in Denmark’s Copenhagen on Thursday.
The winning goal was scored on the power play by Canada’s Ryan O’Reilly deep into the ten-minute stretch of the overtime period, which was ordered by referees after 4-4 draw in the regulation time.
Before entering the quarterfinals round, Russia and Canada scored each a total of 32 goals in seven games during the group stage and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in their Groups A and B to enter the knock-out stage.
The score was opened less than five minutes into the match after Russia’s Sergey Andronov was handed a two-minute penalty for tripping. Using the power play advantage, Canada’s Colton Parayko shouldered a powerful goal into the Russian net from a weighted assist from his teammate Connor McDavid.
Going deep into the middle of the opening period the Canadian team received another power play opportunity as their opponents had too many men on the ice. This time the Russians managed to keep their goal locked sealed off while playing in the minority.
The Canadian team was reigning on the ice in the first period with the shoats on the goal statistics reporting the figure of 12 in favor of Canada against Russia’s four.
Most of the middle period went equal in terms of mutual attacks, but the Canadians managed to increase their advantage to 2-0 on the 12th minute of the period with a goal from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Red Machine rebounded about a minute later with a goal from Ilya Mikheyev and then his teammate Alexander Barabanov scored another puck into the Canadian net to tie the score at 2-2 on the 38th minute of the match.
Seven minutes into the closing period the Canadian squad went on a speedy counter attack against the Russians and Kyle Turris shouldered a powerful goal into the net past Russian goaltender Igor Shestyorkin upping the score to 3-2.
The Red Machine was quick to respond, as less than a minute after a missed goal from Canada, Russia’s Sergey Andronov put the puck into the net of Canada to tie the score at 3-3.
Canada’s Pierre-Luc Ubois was free to pick up a ricocheted puck from Russian goaltender Shestyorkin in the middle of the third period to pass it neatly in the net behind the goalie to up the score again to 4-3 in favor of his team.
Russia’s Artyom Anisimov tied the score at 4-4 half a minute later with an unbelievable shot as he backslapped the puck from the far right wing into the left corner of the Canadian goal.
Anisimov’s goal remained unanswered until the match siren and both teams went for a five-minute break before the overtime period, in which Canada’s Ryan O’Reilly scored the winning goal on the power play.
The Canadian team is now set to play in the semifinals of this year’s ice hockey world championship against the winner of Finland-Switzerland clash, which will be played later in the day.
In another quarterfinal match of the championship on Thursday the team from the United States defeated the Czech Republic and is now set to meet in the semifinals the winner of the Sweden-Latvia quarterfinal, which will be also played later this night.