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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Germany Gives Canada A Scare

It took a third period comeback for the Canadians to be host Germany and advance to a semi final showdown against the Americans on Saturday.

Malcolm Subban got the start for Canada and stopped 18 of 31 shots while Marvin Cupper kept Germany in it with 43 saves.

Ryan Murray scored his first of the tournament just 1:15 into the game on the powerplay to put Canada up 1-0. Mark McNeill drew the lone assists, his 6th so far.

Germany would tie the game with a powerplay goal of their own at 6:57 when Leonhard Pfoderl notched his second of the tournament from Max Meirandres. Tobias Reider would score his third to put the Germans up 2-1 at 12:52. Pfoderl would assist on the goal and send the Germans to the locker room with the lead.

Canada outshot Germany 11-9 in the period. Canada was 1-1 on the powerplay while Germany was 1/3.

Canada had a slight territorial advantage in the second, outshooting Germany 19-14, but both goaltenders would be at their best. A late goal by Brett Ritchie with just 11 seconds remaining would tie the score at 2 before the teams headed off the ice. Murray would assists on Ritchie's first of the tournament.

Germany would get that goal back early in the third. Alexander Ackermann would score his second at 1:57 of the period to give Germany its second lead of the game with the lone assist going to Sabastian Uvira. That lead would hod up until 10:47 when Morgan Rielly notched his second from Slater Koekkoek and McNiell on the powerplay.

Yet another powerplay goal by the Canadians would put Canada up at 15:18 of the period. Nick Cousins scored his fourth of the tournement from Rielly. Canada's powerplay was efficient on the day going 3/5 while Germany finished 1/6 with the man advantage.

In the other quarter final, Russia beat Finland 5-2 to advance to a semi final match up against the Group B leading Swedes. Russia/Sweden is scheduled for 8:30 am EDT on Saturday while Canada/USA is scheduled for 12:30 pm EDT Saturday (TSN/RDS).

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