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Canada advances to World semi-finals thanks to Prince George Cougars goaltender

Taylor Gauthier makes 38 saves in 3-1 victory against Latvia

The Goat is making the most of his time overseas with Canada’s National team.

Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier helped propel the Canadians into the semi-finals of the 2019 World Under-18 Hockey Championships in Sweden, stopping 38 of 39 shots for the 3-1 quarter-final win over Latvia.

The 18-year-old Calgary product held his team to a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play until giving up a five-on-three power-play goal in the third period.

He would stand his ground for the remainder of the contest for his third win in three starts.

Braden Schneider and Peyton Krebs (two goals) lit Canada’s three lamps Thursday morning (April 25).

Canada will have to beat host-Sweden to get to the gold medal game after they doubled the Czech Republic in their respective quarter-final match.

That game is set for Saturday (April 27) at  10:30 a.m. Pacific time.

That means Cougars forward Matej Toman’s tournament is officially over at the Worlds; he only registered one point for his country, a goal in the final preliminary game for the Czechs against Finland.