Friday, May 23, 2014

Canada Done; Foreurs In Semis

Canada’s quest for Gold at the IIHF World Championships came to an end yesterday.

Canada lost 3-2 to Finland in yesterday’s quarter-final, eliminating them from the tournament. The red and white had a 2-1 lead heading into the third but could not hang on.

Jonathan Huberdeau didn’t record a shot in 10:09 of ice time in the loss. He played 5:51 in the third period alone. Huberdeau finished his first World Championship with one goal and four assists in eight games.

Finland will play the Czech Republic in one semi-final while Russia will face Sweden in the other.

In other news…

  • Felix Schutz ended the World Championships with one assist in five games with Team Germany. The Germans had a 2-5 record at the tournament.
  • The Val-d’Or Foreurs take on the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Memorial Cup semi-final tonight at 8pm on Sportsnet. The winner of this game will go on to play the Guelph Storm in Sunday’s championship game. The Foreurs defeated the Oil Kings 4-3 in double-overtime on Tuesday.
  • The 2014 London Knights could not replicate what the 2012 Shawinigan Cataractes did a couple years ago – win the Memorial Cup on home ice after a second-round playoff elimination. The Knights’ tournament came to an end on Wednesday with a 7-2 loss to Guelph. They finished with an 0-3 record at this year’s event.
  • Nathan Beaulieu had 8:53 of ice time - including 1:11 on the power play - in Montreal's 3-2 overtime win in New York last night
  • Simon Despres and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are off to Newfoundland today. They begin their Calder Cup semi-final series against the St. John’s IceCaps on Saturday at Mile One. The Penguins reached the semis after eliminating the Providence Bruins in seven games.

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