The anticipated battle of the outdoor teams will arise from the final duel of the U-20 World Ice Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Canada.
Tuesday’s battle for gold (3.30 CET on Wednesday morning) will be the fifth fight between Americans and Canadians. So far, the two hockey powers have met in the 1997, 2004, 2010 and 2017. Although the most successful Canadians in history have eighteen titles and Americans only four, the last three games of these two rivals have ended in wins. for the United States of America.
“The US and Canada final is something we all dream about. It will be very fun. If we want to succeed and win gold medals, we have to go the full 60 minutes,” US forward John Farinacci said on the IIHF website. Farinacci has already scored three goals in the knockout part of the World Cup “20”, two goals against Slovakia and one goal for Finland.
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The Americans had a 3:1 semi-final lead over the Finns by two-thirds, but the stubborn Norwegians tied 3:3 in the power game with a time of 56:17 minutes. Apparently, it seemed to the Americans at that moment that the Finns wanted to change the matter as well as in the quarter-final against the Swedes. They also lost in this match by two goals, but in the end won 3: 2. But similar thoughts were quickly intimidated by Arthur Kaliev, who swung his shot past the Finnish goalkeeper 76 seconds before the end of the third half, decided to qualify the American to the final.
“Finland was a challenge and we overcame it. I am very proud of my players. However, I admit there were moments in the match when we pulled out and the opponent dictated the pace of the match”, USA coach Nate Lyman said on the FIFA U-20 World Cup website.
Finnish coach Ante Penanen admitted that there would be a huge loss in the players’ heads for a while, depriving them of the final. “It will be difficult for the Russians in the bronze medal match. But it will be our last performance and we will do everything we can to achieve success.” The Finnish coach said.
Canada – Russia at the U-20 World Hockey Championship
The Russians took a “five” from the Canadians in the first semi-final, when they lost 0:3 after the first third. Canadian goalkeeper Devon Levy stopped all 28 Russian shots and scored his third goal of the tournament. He equaled the World Under-20 Championship record serving Justin Pugh. The Russian youth recorded their worst semi-final loss since the introduction of the playoff format in 1996. The Canadians have not scored a goal against the Russians for the first time after 14 games in a row. Since 2006.
“It was great watching my teammates come back and beat their opponent. They helped each other and made my goal in goal a lot easier for me,” Devon Levy noted appreciatively.
“Our defense was exceptional. It was very important how we dealt with our opponents’ speed and skills. We knew how the Russians liked to attack in the middle. We tried to smash their raids and push them to the rack. We did that very well. Well.” Coach André Tourigny from Canada.
And on the last margin, the Canadian coach added: “We always wanted to play in the last game of the tournament and be part of something special. The final against the USA will be like this one. We are looking forward to what we have achieved, but we still have a decisive bot up front from us.”
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