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Coyotes at the World Championship Part 5: Canada and USA advance to semi-finals

Conor Garland had two goals and Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves as Team Canada and Team USA advance to semi-finals.

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The 2021 IIHF World Championship is coming to an end. There are only four more games left, and up next, we will see the United States versus Canada and Finland versus Germany.

The only Arizona Coyotes player to not advance was Liam Kirk. Kirk had a stellar point, and at the time of Great Britain’s elimination, he was leading the tournament in goals scored. The tournament definitely served as a good advertisement for Kirk, who is still not signed for the upcoming season.

Team Canada

Darcy Kuemper was in net for Team Canada in their 2-1 win over Russia yesterday. Canada elected to go with the all-Coyotes tandem, with Adin Hill serving as backup.

Kuemper had a rough start to the tournament, which wasn’t too surprising considering he still had a bit of rust on him at the end of the season. But he has found his groove, making 24 saves on 25 shots. Canada stumbled out of the gate a bit, but things have turned around since then.

Michael Bunting played on the second line and continues to have a quiet tournament. He played 15:07 and registered a shot on goal.

Team USA

The United States enters the upcoming round after a commanding 6-1 win against Slovakia. A big part of that win was Conor Garland, who finished with two goals.

After yesterday, Garland leads Team USA in goals (5), assists (5), and points (10). He is having a stellar tournament, and he has erased any lingering thoughts about physical side-effects after missing time with injuries towards the end of the season.