As has been the case all week hockey fans at the North Peace Arena were treated to another beauty of a game, this time between Canada white and Finland. Heading into the third down one with penalties mounting against the Finns, Canada scored two power play goals in a 2:30 span to take the lead mid way through the period, and added an empty netter in the final stages to advance to the semifinals 4-2.
White head coach Scott Walker said his team had everyone contributing, and doing the little things required on the ice in order to win.
“They’re all quality individuals in there and they’re all quality hockey players. It’s going to take every one of them to win and it did tonight. We had guys blocking shots, getting the puck out, paying the price, and back checking hard. I’m proud of those guys. Those guys over there in that dressing room are all about the team,” he said.
Heading into the tilt the third has been the money period for Canada white. They had scored six goals in three games in the third period, and added to that total with another three.
“It shows you the kind of character they are. They’re a great group of guys that are really tight and they’ve come together well. It’s not easy. We’ve come from behind in a lot of games. It’s extremely taxing on you mentally and physically. It sure shows their character but it also builds character,” Walker said.
Scoring for Canada white were Owen Tippett, James Hamblin (2), and Gabe Vilardi.
Goalie Ian Scott made a number of big saves in the game turning aside 29 of 31 shots.
The semifinal games pit Canada red against Russia in a rematch of Tuesday’s classic at 6 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. In Dawson Creek Canada white will take on Sweden at 7 p.m.
The placement games will have the United States facing off with Finland in Fort St. John at 1:30 for fifth place, and Canada black will do battle with the Czech Republic at 2:30 in Dawson Creek for seventh.