Three Chicago Blackhawks players will play for Canada against reigning champion Finland in the 2021 IIHF World Championship gold-medal game Sunday.
Brandon Pirri scored the opening goal in Canada’s 4-2 semifinal win against the United States on Saturday to make the gold-medal game. Sean Walker’s (Los Angeles Kings) shot off the rush bounced off Cal Petersen’s (Kings) left pad to the slot for Pirri, who knocked in the rebound for the goal.
Pirri had two shots in 14:55 of ice time in the game. Defenseman Nicolas Beaudin had one shot in 9:45 and forward Brandon Hagel skated 12:52.
Pirri has scored three goals in nine tournament games. His goal total is tied with Dominik Kubalik (Czech Republic) for the most by a Blackhawks player at this year’s tournament.
Drew Commesso did not dress for Saturday’s game and remains the United States’ No. 3 goalie. Team USA will play Lukas Reichel and Germany in the bronze-medal game.
Reichel had two shots – each one in the first period – and was 3-of-6 on face-offs in 16:03 for Germany in a 2-1 semifinal loss to Finland on Saturday.
Recent Medal History
Canada will play Finland in the gold-medal game for a second straight time. Dylan Strome and Canada fell 3-1 to Kevin Lankinen and Finland in 2019. Canada will be playing in its fifth gold-medal game since 2015, but haven’t won since 2016. The 2019 gold was Finland’s first since 2011 after two silver medals in 2014 and 2016.
Team USA will try to win its third bronze since 2015. Germany hasn’t claimed a Worlds medal since 1953 when they were known as West Germany and took silver to Sweden.
How to Watch
Bronze-medal game: Germany vs. United States, 7:15 AM CDT
Gold-medal game: Canada vs. Finland, Noon CDT
Games will air on NHL Network and TSN in North America.
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