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Semifinal Matchups Set for 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

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The final four teams are all set for the Glinka Gretzky Cup, with Canada playing Finland and the Czech Republic taking on Sweden in two semi-finals on Friday.

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Here’s how they got there:

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In a battle between two heavyweights, Canada managed to beat Sweden 3-0 to take first place in Group A.

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It was a very different game for both teams, who scored nine goals on Tuesday. Canada, in particular, entered the game by 22 goals after just two games.

Canada’s first goal came in the first frame after Oshawa Generals forward Cal Ritchie managed to steal the puck from a Swedish defender to make it 1-0.

Two goals in the second period singled out Canada. First, Zach Benson hit a marker from the left at 10:55 after Ethan Gauthier was stopped, only for Braden Jaeger to capitalize on a powerplay with three minutes left in the middle stanza. Canada then continued to apply pressure, but the goaltenders at both ends stood tall, just trying to wait out the time when Canada ended in victory.

The Czech Republic overtook the United States and took the lead

The Czech Republic needed to beat the United States on Wednesday by any means necessary to reach Friday’s semi-finals, and they did just that by beating the Americans 3-1 in the first leg at Red Deer.

The game was tense throughout the match, Jan Kucera (21:57) was the only goal in the first 40 minutes. He broke the stalemate after Adam Czaby went past a defender to pass to Kucera and the Czech striker wasted no time in beating Hampton Slucinski to take a 1-0 lead.

The Americans had more scoring chances, beating the Czech Republic 35-19, but Jan Sprynar’s goal at 44:07 doubled the gap. Tanner Adams scored 58 seconds later to bring back the USA to within a second, but they failed to take a couple of shorthanded opportunities and Jakub Dvorak managed an empty-netted shorthanded goal at 54:40 to stop play.

Slovakia won the first game by beating Switzerland 3-2

Slovakia managed to win their first game of the tournament by beating Switzerland 3-2 on Wednesday.

Daniel Alexander Genco (SVK) and Kevin Zurcher (SUI) scored first for their teams, with Rafael Meyer scoring a 33:12 powerplay goal to give his team their first lead of the tournament.

However, this was short-lived as a minute later, Adam Chedzo scored a goal when Slovakia could have been on the power-play, a goal that eventually forced overtime. Cedzo was a hero in the extra frame, scoring just 1:53 in the extra frame to give Slovakia their first tournament win just a day after a crushing 9-1 loss to Canada.

With this victory, Slovakia will play the USA in the game for fifth place, and Switzerland will achieve its first victory over Germany in the game for seventh place.


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