Canada will face the United States in semifinal action at the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championship on Saturday.
Canada advanced to the final four with a 6-0 quarterfinal victory over Sweden on Thursday. The Canadians, who finished the preliminary round with six wins and one loss, have now outscored opponents 40-8 at this year’s tournament.
Canada opened the scoring with 1:21 remaining in the first period when Ryan O’Reilly fired a point shot that was redirected by Mark Scheifele.
Matt Dumba put Canada up 2-0 with a power play goal 6:05 into the second period, rifling a shot past Swedish goaltender Jacob Markstom. Just under six minutes later, Brad Marchand put in a rebound to make it 3-0. Just 11 seconds after, Sam Reinhart fed Max Domi to quickly give Canada a 4-0 lead.
A quarter of the way into the third, Sweden had a five-on-three power play and pulled Markstrom, giving the Swedes a six-on-three advantage. Canada’s penalty kill delivered a strong performance to keep the shutout intact.
With just under nine minutes to play, Mark Stone capitalized on a Sweden turnover to give Canada a 5-0 lead. Two minutes later, Derick Brassard jammed the puck past the pad of Markstrom to make it a 6-0 final.
Saturday’s other semifinal will feature Finland taking on Russia. The semifinal winners will play for gold on Sunday while the losers will play for bronze.