SOCHI, Russia – The United States’ Zach Parise and T.J. Oshie and Canada’s Jonathan Toews will face each other in the Olympic semifinals with a berth in the gold medal game at stake.
Both teams were victorious today in the quarterfinal round – the U.S. defeating the Czech Republic 5-2 and Canada edging Latvia 2-1 – to set up Friday’s showdown.
Parise scored his first goal of the tournament, finding the net midway through the second period to give the U.S. a 4-1 lead. The American captain also led his team in ice time among forwards at 17:44.
T.J. Oshie, the hero of last Saturday’s shootout win over host Russia, was held off the scoresheet and had one shot on goal in his 11:50 of ice time.
"We are playing fast," Parise told USA Today. "We are scoring off the rush and on the power play. The way they tried to design this team, because of the Olympic rink, was to have a lot of speed and that has really been to our advantage."
In Canada’s 2-1 win over Latvia, Toews set up Shea Weber’s game-winning power-play goal with just 6:54 remaining in regulation as Canada survived a 55-save performance by Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis.
“It’s 1-1, if they score then it’s scary,” said Toews after the game.
Toews also won eight of 12 faceoffs and led Canadian forwards in ice time (18:15).
Fridays semifinal starts at 11 a.m. Central and can be seen live on NBC Sports Network and CBC, as well as online at NBCOlympics.com.