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Germany Will Face Russia After Shocking Canada in Hockey Semifinal

© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankGermany's team members celebrate their victory in the semifinals between the Canada and Germany national teams in the men’s ice hockey tournament, at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Germany's team members celebrate their victory in the semifinals between the Canada and Germany national teams in the men’s ice hockey tournament, at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games - Sputnik International
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The Germans continued their advance at the Winter Olympics, and will face off against Russia in the title game against after withstanding a late attacking onslaught to upset Canada 4-3 in the second semi-final.

After falling behind 4-1, Canada pushed hard in the third period, cutting the gap to a single goal, but Germany held on even as the Canadians pulled their goaltender with a little over a minute left in regulation.

Canada will now play the Czech Republic for the bronze on Saturday while the Germans get ready to take on Russia in Sunday's gold medal game.

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Germany didn't even qualify for the last Olympics, and won its only other medal in 1976, as West Germany. Canada, two-time defending champs, have 15 medals to boast of: nine gold, four silver and two bronze.

© REUTERS / David W CernyIce Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men Semifinal Match - Canada v Germany - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Yasin Ehliz of Germany fails in his attempt to score against goalie Kevin Poulin of Canada
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men Semifinal Match - Canada v Germany - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Yasin Ehliz of Germany fails in his attempt to score against goalie Kevin Poulin of Canada - Sputnik International
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men Semifinal Match - Canada v Germany - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Yasin Ehliz of Germany fails in his attempt to score against goalie Kevin Poulin of Canada

However, with fewer than 10 Germans playing in North America, the absence of NHL'ers has certainly hurt Germany less than others.

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