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2021 IIHF World Championship: Blackhawks Have 5 Players Advance to Semifinals

Chicago-affiliated players Dominik Kubalik, Philipp Kurashev, Max Shalunov and Nikita Zadorov were eliminated in the quarterfinal round.
Lukas Reichel Blackhawks


The Chicago Blackhawks will have five of their nine affiliated players competing at the IIHF World Championship tournament in the semifinal round Saturday.

Lukas Reichel and Germany defeated Philipp Kurashev and Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout to advance to the semifinals. Reichel, who had his shootout attempt stopped, notched five shots total and was 2-for-9 on faceoffs in 16:01 of ice time. Kurashev posted a secondary assist in 17:39 to finish the tournament with five points (one goal, four assists).

Nicolas Beaudin, Brandon Hagel, and Brandon Pirri made the semifinals with Canada's 2-1 overtime win against Russia (Max Shalunov and Nikita Zadorov). Pirri had one shot (15:00), while Beaudin (11:52) and Hagel (11:18) did not record one. Shalunov did not play for Russia because he was scratched, but Zadorov played 19:16 in the loss.

Shalunov scored one goal in six games, while Zadorov had three assists in eight games.

Dominik Kubalik had three shots in 21:04 for the Czech Republic in a 1-0 loss to Finland. He led the Czechs with six points and his three goals were tied with Libor Sulak for the team lead in one fewer game.

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Drew Commesso, who is the United States' No. 3 goaltender, watched Team USA defeat Slovakia 6-1 to set up a semifinal game against rival Canada on Saturday.

Reichel and Germany will face reigning World champion Finland in the second semifinal.

The semifinal losers will face off in the bronze-medal game, while the winners will play for gold. Both games are Sunday.

Semifinal Matchups

Game 1: Canada (Beaudin, Hagel, Pirri) vs. United States (Commesso), 6:15 AM CT

Game 2: Finland vs. Germany (Reichel), 10:15 AM CT

Each game will be broadcasted on NHL Network and TSN in North America.