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SportsCanada ready for world hockey championship semifinal against Czech Republic

21:20  24 may  2019
21:20  24 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Canada ’s World Cup campaign opens June 10 against No. 46 Cameroon in Montpellier before facing No. 19 New Zealand on June 15 in Grenoble and the eighth-ranked Netherlands on June 20 in Reims. Spain, which won all eight of its World Cup qualifying matches, is in a group with No. 2 Germany, No

Damon Severson had a funny feeling he’d score in Canada ’s quarter- final against Switzerland at the world hockey championship . Then, Mark Stone scored his second of the game and seventh of the tournament to win it in overtime, setting up a semi - final against the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Canada ready for world hockey championship semifinal against Czech Republic© 2019 PressFocus/MB Media KOSICE, SLOVAKIA - MAY 23: Mark Stone #61 of Canada in action during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia quarter final game between Canada and Switzerland at Steel Arena on May 23, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia. (Photo by Lukasz Laskowski/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images) BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Damon Severson had a funny feeling he'd score in Canada's quarterfinal against Switzerland at the world hockey championship.

"(Thursday) morning, I woke up and I just thought 'I feel like I'm going to score tonight. I hope I can just get one,'" said the 24-year-old from Melville, Sask.

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"I didn't think it was going to be like that, but luckily enough, I was able to get the tying goal."

The New Jersey Devils defenceman's blast from the point trickled through Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni with just 0.4 seconds left in the third period, pulling Canada into a 2-2 tie to force overtime.

Then, Mark Stone scored his second of the game and seventh of the tournament to win it in overtime, setting up a semifinal against the Czech Republic on Saturday.

"He's just super clutch for us," said Severson of Stone, who also assisted on his game-tying marker. "He seems to be coming through in the moments we need him the most. He just does everything so well and he's a fun guy to be around. It's been great having him as a teammate so far and hopefully we can keep on winning with him.”

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Canada will face the Czech Republic and Russia will meet Finland in the semifinals on Saturday. The final is Sunday. Stone’s seventh goal of the tournament came at 5 Canada finished fourth last year after losing to Switzerland in the semifinals before dropping the bronze-medal game against the U.S.

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Thursday's heart-stopping win sent Canada (7-1) to the semifinals for a fifth straight year. It also exacts a measure of revenge for the semifinal loss to Switzerland in 2018 that led to the Canadians finishing out of the medals for the first time in four years.

Canada is now the only semifinalist to return to the final four this year after the 2018 medallists from Sweden, Switzerland and the United States were all eliminated in quarterfinal action on Thursday.

The Canadian team has improved as the tournament has rolled along, finding its footing after starting off with a 3-1 loss to Finland on May 10.

"We came out and we were a little bit rusty," said Severson. "A lot of guys hadn't played in awhile. We sort of came together as a team and as a group and learned to trust and we believe in each other."

Injuries on defence also threatened Canada, but despite losing Brandon Montour to an MCL sprain and seeing Dante Fabbro forced into a limited role after taking a puck to the mouth, the Canadians gave up just 11 goals in seven games to help secure first place in the Group A standings after the preliminary round.

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Canada is the only team to have reached the semi - final at the world championship for the last five straight years. The Canadians won gold in 2015 and 2016 and silver in 2017 before Canada ready for world hockey championship semifinal against Czech Republic Subscriber content.

Canada forward Julien Gauthier (12) celebrates his goal against the Czech Republic with teammate Kale Clague during third period quarter- final IIHF World Junior Championship hockey action Monday, January 2, 2017 in Montreal.

"I think we have a really capable defence corps and we've done a good job so far," said Severson, who has played top-pairing minutes alongside Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers.

“A lot of guys play a lot of minutes during the regular season for their own teams back in the NHL. We're confident. We know we can handle it. It's just a matter of getting the job done.”

Canada's roster will get a boost in the semifinal when forward Anthony Mantha returns to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension. Mantha is tied with Stone for Canada’s scoring lead. Both players have seven goals and 12 points.

"(Mantha's) a big body, he's skilled, he can shoot the puck, he can make plays," said Severson. "He's a very well-rounded player and he plays to his strengths — protects the puck so well. He's been lightning it up so far, so we're excited to get him back for the next game.”

After Russia takes on Finland in the first semifinal on Saturday, the Canadians are relishing the opportunity to play in front of what’s expected to be a boisterous, pro-Czech crowd at Ondrej Nepela Arena.

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PRAGUE—After five straight disappointing quarter- final defeats at the world hockey championship , Canada wasted little time ensuring Canada will next face the Czech Republic on Saturday after the hosts beat Finland 5-3 in a later semifinal . “We had the opportunity to play a very hard game against

Canada , the reigning World champion , has a more decorated roster of NHL players, including Corey Perry, Matt Duchene, Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall. The U.S. earned bronze two of the previous three years at Worlds , beating the Czech Republic in the 2015 bronze-medal game. The U.S. hasn’t

"We played against the Slovaks in their home country in Kosice and we had a pretty wild crowd," Severson said of Canada's 6-5 win over the host team, which saw the visitors rally from a 4-2 deficit thanks to a last-second goal by Stone. "I think we're used to the crazy crowds.

"It's a lot more fun playing in front of a wild crowd rather than a quiet one, so we're looking forward to having that in front of us for sure."

Severson isn't making predictions, though.

"Maybe I'll come up with something tomorrow," he said. "As long as Team Canada keeps on winning, that's all I'm worried about.

"We've got a couple more games. We almost didn't quite get there the other night but we were able to sneak out of that one with a win and now we got a chance at the gold medal. That was the biggest goal, and I'm super excited to get that opportunity."

Carol Schram, The Canadian Press

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