GAME STATS: CANADA 4, UNITED STATES 2
RIGA, Latvia – Andrew Mangiapane (Bolton, Ont./Calgary, NHL) scored two
more goals, including the game-winner early in the third period, to send
Canada’s National Men’s Team into the gold medal game at the 2021 IIHF
World Championship with a 4-2 semifinal win over the United States on
As unlikely as it would have seemed two weeks ago when the Canadians
started 0-3, they will face Finland or Germany on Sunday (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m.
PT) with a chance to win their 27th world title.
“We only had two or three practices at the start, but the team really started to come together and got to know each other quickly,” said head coach Gerard Gallant. “After our third game we started to play some good hockey, and we are a better team now than we were at the start of the tournament. We are playing our best games at the right time, and we are really proud to be playing for a gold medal.”
Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, Sask./Arizona, NHL) continued his red-hot run between the pipes, making 36 saves,
and Brandon Pirri (Toronto, Ont./Chicago, NHL) and Justin Danforth (Oshawa,
Ont./Columbus, NHL) provided the rest of the offence for Canada.
Facing a U.S. team that handed them a humbling 5-1 loss on May 23, the
Canadians quickly got on the offensive; Pirri jumped all over a Sean Walker
(Keswick, Ont./Los Angeles, NHL) rebound just 2:02 after the puck dropped.
The Americans got even before the end of the first period when Colin
Blackwell redirected a Christian Wolanin shot through Kuemper.
Mangiapane gave Canada back the lead for good four minutes into the second
period, crashing the net off a scramble in front of U.S. goaltender Cal
Petersen and shovelling in the 2-1 goal.
He added a second with only 46 ticks gone in the third, taking a neat
little flip pass from Connor Brown (Toronto, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and sneaking
in behind the American defence before tucking a forehand around Petersen.
Mangiapane now has seven goals in the six games he has played, tying him
for the tournament lead with Great Britain sniper Liam Kirk.
Brown finished with two assists to give him 13 points (two goals, 11 assists), putting him two
clear of Mangiapane and Slovakia forward Peter Cehlarik atop the scoring
Sasha Chmelevski made it interesting when he deposited a rebound past
Kuemper less than three minutes later, but that would be it from the U.S.,
which carried a seven-game win streak into the semifinal.
Danforth iced it with 23 seconds to go after a ferocious forecheck from
Nick Paul (Mississauga, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) forced a turnover in the American
Following the game, Mangiapane, Brown and Adam Henrique (Burford,
Ont./Anaheim, NHL) were named Canada’s top three players of the tournament,
and for good reason – the trio has combined for 34 points in six games
since Mangiapane joined the line-up.