It was closer than many expected it to be, but Team Canada managed to eke out a win against Latvia, finishing 2-1 in a do-or-die quarter-final. Canada will now play the U.S. in the semi-finals.
The score was tied for most of the game, with Latvia answering a Canadian goal late in the first period. Canada was out-shooting the Latvian team for all three periods, totalling 57 shots to Latvia’s 16. But the game-winner didn’t come until late in the third period from defenceman Shea Weber.
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A Latvian player put his glove on the puck in a move that could have been ruled a penalty shot. The play was reviewed to see if the puck crossed the line but was waved off.
Goals so far
Canadian forward Patrick Sharp put Canada on the board in the first period off an assist from Rick Nash. Lauris Darzins of Latvia got a breakaway shortly afterwards and put the puck past goalie Carey Price to tie the game. Team Canada defenceman Shea Weber scored late in the third period to give Canada the lead.
Team Canada is undefeated so far in Sochi but they’ve struggled to find their offensive spark, writes The Globe’s Eric Duhatschek. Latvia comes into the game fresh off a surprise 3-1 win over Switzerland.
U.S. beats the the Czech Republic
The U.S. beat the Czech Republic 5-2 in their quarter-final game and will face either Latvia or Canada in the semi-finals.
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