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Adam Fantilli scores winner as Canada books place in gold medal game

TAMPERE, Finland — The Canadian men’s international hockey team scored three times in the third period to beat Latvia 4-2 in the World Championship semifinal.

The win sealed the Canadians’ place in the gold medal game, where they will face off against Germany, which beat the U.S. 4-3 in overtime.

Adam Fantilli scored the game-winner roughly nine minutes in to the third period, deking by two players before firing past Latvian netminder Arturs Silovs.

The assist came from Milan Lucic, and Fantilli said after the game that it was surreal to get an assist from a player he’s watched all his life.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Samuel Montembeault kept Canada in the game by stopping 20 of 22 Latvian shots.

Latvia’s goals came through Dans Locmelis and Rudolfs Balcers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2023.

The Canadian Press