Canada to play Russia in quarterfinals of the 2018 IIHF World Men’s Hockey Championship

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Lisa Gansky. Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada now knows who their opponent will be in the quarterfinals of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Hockey Championship.Their opponent will be Russia, as Team Canada will continue its rivalry against its biggest international hockey adversary over the last half a century.

On Tuesday, Team Canada secured third place in Group B with a 3-0 win over Germany. It was a rather simple game for Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Kuemper only had to make 12 saves for the shutout. Edmonton Oilers forwards Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Burnaby, British Columbia each notched two points as McDavid had two assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist. The other two Canadian goal scorers were St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Colorado Avalanche left winger Tyson Jost of St. Albert, Alberta.

Russia meanwhile stayed in second with a 3-1 loss to Sweden. The Swedes won Group A and will face Latvia in the quarterfinals. The other two quarterfinal matchups have the United States playing the Czech Republic and Finland playing Switzerland.

Canada will now travel from Herning, Denmark to Copenhagen, Denmark. Their matchup against Russia will take place at 8:15 am MT.




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