RIGA, LATVIA – Canada stormed back from a 5-2 deficit in the second period, but came one goal short in a 5-4 loss on Saturday against Sweden in the 2006 IIHF World Championship semi-finals in Riga, Latvia. Canada will now face Finland in the Bronze Medal game on Sunday, May 21st at 9:15 am (ET)/ 4:15 pm (local). Sweden and the Czech Republic will face off in the Gold Medal game
jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Canada, on goals by Niklas Kronvall and Jorgen Jonssen. Kyle Calder (Mannville, AB/ Chicago Blackhawks) cut the lead to 2-1, showing great patience in beating Swedish netminder Johan Holmqvist. A goal by Tony Martensson restored Sweden two-goal lead, but Mike Comrie (Edmonton, AB/ Phoenix Coyotes) scored on a power play and Canada trailed 3-2.
Mikael Samuelsson and Jonas Nordquist scored early goals for Sweden in the second frame to take a 5-2 lead but Canada battled back to make a game of it. Sidney Crosby (Cole Harbour, NS/ Pittsburgh Penguins) scored a late goal to give Canada life, only to be cross-checked in the face by Swedish forward Mika Hannula. Hannula received a five-minute major, a game misconduct and once reviewed, was suspended for one additional game.
Crosby came back in the third period to set up Patrice Bergeron (Ancienne Lorette, QC/ Boston Bruins), getting Canada to within a goal of Sweden. Despite numerous chances, and outshooting Sweden 15-8 in the third period, and 32-25 overall, Canada couldn’t get the equalizer and must settle for a chance at a World Championship bronze medal on Sunday vs. Finland. Marc Denis (Montreal, QC/ Columbus Bluejackets) started the game, but was replaced by Alex Auld (North Bay, ON/ Vancouver Canucks) in the second period.
Earlier in the day, the Czech Republic advanced to the Championship Game with a 2-1 win over Finland.
Both medal games on Sunday, May 21st will be broadcast live from Latvia on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada.
MEDAL GAMES SCHEDULE
Sunday, May 21st
Bronze Medal Game CAN vs. FIN 9:15 am (ET)/4:15 pm (LOCAL) Arena Riga
Gold Medal Game SWE vs. CZE& 1:15 pm (ET)/8:15 pm (LOCAL) Arena Riga
THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN CANADA IN 2008
will host the IIHF World Championship for the first time in 2008, in Halifax and Quebec City, marking the 100th anniversary of the IIHF. For more information, go to www.hockeycanada.ca
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