Although Sweden had already taken the lead 3-0 in the first 30 minutes of the quarter-final game in Tampere through goals by Carl Klingberg (2nd), Willie Nylander (8th) and Max Friberg (29th), Canada had a total of more game shares. In the second third, the final ratio was 19: 1 in favor of the “maple leaves”.
But it was only at the beginning of the final third that defender Ryan Graves broke the spell for the North Americans in the 42nd minute. What followed then should become one of the most spectacular comebacks in recent World Cup history: Because only 113 seconds before the final siren, Pierre-Luc Dubois succeeded in 2: 3. Exactly 30 seconds later, Mathew Barzal-Wieder with an extra field player and 3: 3 equalization and thus ensured overtime.
In the extension, Nylander finally had to go to the penalty bench after a few seconds and so Drake Batherson, at the Ottawa Senator team-mate of the German young star Tim Stützle, made the decision in the power play with four-against-three.
This was followed by Canada Czech Republic, which Germany defeated in the parallel game, into the semi-finals of the World Cup.