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Sports 2018 World Championships Semi Finals: Canada vs Switzerland

14:25  19 may  2018
14:25  19 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Date: 04.01. 2018 . Sweden scored shorthanded twice in 38 seconds in a 4-2 semi - final win over the defending champion U.S. to Switzerland vs . Czech Republic. Team Canada started its 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship on a positive note, defeating a strong but young Finnish team, 4-2.

Canada vs . Russia – 10am ET 7am PT on TSN 1/3/4. United States vs . Czech Republic. Sweden vs . Latvia. Finland vs . Switzerland . These teams met in the semis last year, and it was Canada emerging victorious on their way to the finals with a 4-2 win.

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Having fended off a pesky Russian team, Canada takes on the surprising Swiss for a shot at Gold.

Switzerland pulled off probably the biggest upset of the tournament Thursday taking down a Finnish team that looked like a serious threat for Gold, and they’ll try and do the same to Team Canada this morning in Copenhagen. The winner of this one will take on either Sweden or the USA, and after the Canadians opened the tournament with a shootout loss to the Americans it would be sweet to get another shot at them, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

The Swiss deserve full credit for shutting down the offensive juggernaut that was Finland, and getting some timely scoring of their own. All 3 Swiss goals came in a span of under 6 minutes in their 3-2 win. They’re tight defensively, and for a team that’s struggled to score more than one game in this tournament Canada will need to find a way to break through this.

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It was the first time at the World Men’s Hockey Championship since 1972 that Switzerland had beaten Finland. The other semifinal will be Sweden versus the United States. Canada beats Latvia 2-1 in overtime at 2018 IIHF World Championship .

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As for the Swiss, they’re going to need to find a way to stop the best player in the game, no biggie. Connor McDavid started slow, but has become a force for Canada, and his set up of Ryan O’Reilly for the winner against Russia was a thing of beauty. Canada’s going to need the goaltender (which should be Darcy Keumper) to stand tall today. Canada let the Russians tie the game 3 straight times Thursday, and while this Swiss team isn’t on par with the kind of firepower Russia possesses, they can still score.

The Canadians will be without Jaden Schwartz today. The St Louis Blues F suffered an upper body injury in the game against Russia. Schwartz had registered 4 assists in the tournament.

The Sweden/USA game is up first, and it could mean (with a Canadian win) a rematch of last year’s Gold Medal final, where the Swedes and Henrik Lundqvist ruined Canada’s shot at a 3rd straight gold in a shootout victory.

Canada loses to Switzerland in semis of men’s world championship .
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