2018 Olympic Winter Games (Men)

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2018 Olympic Winter Games (Men)
Game #25
QF
Final
February 21, 2018 7:10 am EST
Gangneung Hockey Centre
Gangneung, KOR

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
5
10
6
21
4
18
8
30

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
4
0 / 2
6

Game Story

CANADA BLANKS FINNS, ADVANCES TO OLYMPIC SEMIFINALS

JASON LA ROSE

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Maxim Noreau (Montreal, Que./SC Bern, NLA) scored the lone goal 55 seconds into the third period, and Canada's Men's Olympic Team booked a spot in the semifinals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games with a 1-0 quarter-final win over Finland on Wednesday.

The Canadians will face Germany - who upset Sweden in overtime in its quarter-final - in the final four on Friday morning (7:10 a.m. ET/4:10 a.m. PT).

After 40 minutes of goalless hockey, Noreau finally broke the ice less than a minute into the third period. Off a won face-off by Eric O'Dell (Ottawa, Ont./HC Sochi, KHL), Noreau one-timed an absolute rocket past the blocker of Finnish netminder Mikko Koskinen to provide all the offence Canada would need.

The Canadians held the Finns to just 21 shots on goal; Ben Scrivens (Spruce Grove, Alta./Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL) stopped all six shots he faced before leaving with an injury early in the second period, and Kevin Poulin (Montreal, Que./EHC Kloten, NLA) was perfect on 15 chances the rest of the way.

Neither team could find its offensive stride in the first period, combining for just nine shots on goal - 5-4 in favour of Finland - in the opening 20 minutes.

Canada picked up its game in the second, directing 18 shots at Koskinen, but the stalemate continued and the teams headed to the intermission still without a goal.

Scrivens left the game with an upper-body injury after a collision in the crease just past the four-minute mark of the middle frame. Poulin entered and was immediately tested, but kept the game at 0-0.

The Canadian netminder had nine saves in the second period and six more in the third, and has now gone more than 260 minutes without allowing a goal in a Team Canada jersey, dating back to the semifinals of the Spengler Cup.

The win also runs Canada's shutout streak in regulation and overtime to 164 minutes and 35 seconds, which ranks as the fourth-longest streak in Canadian Olympic history.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Chay Genoway
High-Sticking (2:00)
06:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Marc-Andre Gragnani
Hooking (2:00)
17:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Petri Kontiola
Interference (2:00)
18:15
2nd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Kevin Poulin

04:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Brandon Kozun
Boarding (2:00)
05:26
PENALTY
Penalty: Marko Anttila
Interference (2:00)
13:36
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Maxim Noreau

Assists: Eric O’Dell
00:55

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Mikko Koskinen FIN 41 30 29 1 0.967
Ben Scrivens CAN 24 6 6 0 1.000
Kevin Poulin CAN 35 15 15 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 1 - SV - 29 - SAV% - 0.967
GA 0 - SV - 6 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

0 - 1 L @ CanadaCAN
Feb 21, 2018
6 - 4 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Feb 24, 2018
5 - 2 W v South KoreaKOR
Feb 20, 2018
3 - 4 L v GermanyGER
Feb 23, 2018
1 - 3 L @ SwedenSWE
Feb 18, 2018
1 - 0 W v FinlandFIN
Feb 21, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 6 – CZE 4 (Bronze Medal)
Ebbett and Kelly scored two goals each to help Canada win bronze.
2018 OLY: GER 4 – CAN 3 (Semifinal)
Canada cut a three-goal deficit to one, but fell short in the semis.
2018 OLY: CAN 1 – FIN 0 (Quarter-Final)
Noreau scored early in the third, and Canada booked a semifinal spot.
2018 OLY: CAN 4 – KOR 0 (Preliminary)
Four players scored and Poulin had the SO to send Canada to the QFs.