According to the International Ice Hockey Federation on Saturday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mike Smith of Kingston, Ontario made 23 saves for the shutout as team Canada beat the Czech Republic 2-0 at the 2015 World Hockey Championship in Prague. With the win, Canada will now face Russia in the gold medal game on Sunday.
Smith made 10 saves in the first period, eight saves in the second period and five saves in the third period. The Czech player who recorded the most shots on net was Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens with seven.
Smith, who plays with the Arizona Coyotes, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was Canada’s third string goaltender behind Carey Price of the Canadiens and Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers.
Offensively on Saturday, Canada got their goals from Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers and Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars. Hall, a native of Calgary, Alberta scored the game winning goal in the first period from Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Spezza, a native of Mississauga, Ontario then scored a key insurance goal at 9:02 of the second period from Canadian Olympic gold medalists Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche. Hamhuis, Duchene and Crosby were Smith’s teammates at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
In the other semi-final, Russia beat the United States 4-0. Canada has not won the World Hockey Championship since 2007.