Beaudin, Hagel, and Pirri to Play For IIHF World Championship Gold With Canada
And then there were three.
The Chicago Blackhawks will have three players in the IIHF World Championships Gold Medal game on Sunday, as Team Canada takes on Team Finland in a rematch of the last Gold Medal game from 2019.
Brandon Hagel, Brandon Pirri, and Nicolas Beaudin will have a chance at their first ever international Gold Medals with Canada after defeating Team USA 4-2 in the Semifinal. Pirri got Canada on the board first in the semifinal game with a goal in the opening three minutes.
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Canada started the tournament 0-3 with all three losses coming in regulation. Now they find themselves facing the same Finnish side that dispatched them in the Gold Medal game in 2019, a team that was led in net by Kevin Lankinen.
In the second semifinal game, Finland topped Germany 2-1. Blackhawks prospect Lukas Reichel and Germany fell behind 2-0 in the first period before cutting the Finns lead to 2-1 in the second, but were unable to complete the comeback.
Germany and the United States will play in the Bronze Medal game earlier on Sunday at 7:15 a.m. CT before Finland and Canada play for Gold at 12:15 p.m. CT.