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Flames forward overtime hero in Canada's quarterfinal win at world championship

Last Updated Jun 3, 2021 at 3:23 pm MDT

Canada team players celebrate a victory after the Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinal match between Russia and Canada at the Olympic Sports Center in Riga, Latvia, Thursday, June 3, 2021. (Roman Koksarov/AP)

RIGA, Latvia – Andrew Mangiapane scored in overtime as Canada beat the team from Russia 2-1 in quarterfinal action at the men’s world hockey championship on Thursday.

The Calgary Flames forward’s goal, on a pass from Troy Stecher, 2:12 into the extra frame gave Canada the upset victory.

After taking a drop pass from Mangiapane, Stecher eluded two Russian defenders and made a cross-ice feed back to his teammate for a highlight-reel winner.

After losing its first three games of the tournament, Canada won its next three before losing in a shootout to Finland to secure the fourth and final playoff spot in its group.

Canada barely avoided missing the playoffs for the first time at an Olympics or world championship.

The team from Russia, meanwhile, won six of seven games in the preliminary round to finish first in the other group.

Canada will face the U.S. in a semifinal on Saturday. Finland plays Germany in the other semi. The final is Sunday.