Not only will Canada’s players face off against a team that finished the preliminary round with a better record than themselves, but they will also have to contend with a hostile crowd as they meet in the quarterfinals of the Ice Hockey World Championship.
In fact, the Maple Leafs meet Finland (5-0-1-1) on home soil in Tampere.
Goalkeeper Samuel Montembeault expects a lot of atmosphere.
“It will be very pleasant to go to their amphitheater. It’s going to be very loud,” he said after his team’s win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday, in Canada’s last game (4-1-1-1) in the group stage.
“She [les Finlandais] “If we play hard, they’re not going to give us much,” added defenseman Tyler Myers. We have to work for every inch. It will be fun to play against them in Finland. I know it will be electric in the arena. We are excited.”
For the time being, head coach André Tourigny has not revealed who his goalkeeper will be. In addition to representing the Montreal Canadiens, he has the services of Devon Levi (Buffalo Sabers) and Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues).
Montembeault has had a 2-1-0-1 record since the start of the competition, a .944 save percentage and a 1.23 goal conceding average.
Canada won the silver medal at the last edition of the World Cup after losing to Finland in the final.
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