On the penultimate day of the 2022 IIHF World Championship in Finland, we got to see three Winnipeg Jets in action during the semifinals.
In the first semifinal, we got to watch Nate Schmidt and the United States face off against the hosts, Finland. After that game, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Adam Lowry, and Canada matched up against Czechia in the second semifinal game.
Although Nate Schmidt scored the opening goal in the U.S.’s game, ultimately the U.S. fell one-goal short and lost to Finland 4-3.
On the other hand, Canada’s star power proved too much for Czechia as they won their game handily 6-1 and will advance to the Championship. Adam Lowry scored a goal, while Pierre-Luc Dubois had one assist in the win.
Winnipeg Jets forwards Adam Lowry and Pierre-Luc Dubois advance to the Worlds Gold Medal Game, while Nate Schmidt will play for Bronze
For the second straight year, the Worlds will feature Canada and Finland in the Finals and Canada will look to repeat as back-to-back Gold Medalists as they won this matchup 3-2 in overtime last year.
The Championship is scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, May 29) at 12:20 p.m. central time and should be fun to watch. Finland has played great during this tournament as they have not lost a game in regulation throughout the tournament. Their lone loss was a 3-2 shootout loss to Sweden during the preliminary stage.
Canada has also played well as of late. They needed a three-goal third period comeback in their quarterfinal game to overcome Sweden and then they dominated the semifinals against Czechia.
The Bronze medal game which features the United States and Czechia will begin at 7:20 a.m. central time. The U.S. is seeking back-to-back bronze medals.
These two sides met during the group stage and it was a tough defensive battle. Ultimately Czechia skated to a 1-0 regulation win and it will be interesting to see the strategies each coach employs for this third place matchup.
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Both of these games can be seen on TSN if you are viewing in Canada, while they will be on the NHL Network in the United States.
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