It took over 50 shots, but thanks to a Shea Weber power-play goal late in the third period, Canada was able to finally figure out Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis and defeat Latvia 2-1 in a tournament quarterfinal matchup at the Sochi Olympics.
Gudlevskis made 55 saves for Latvia to keep the underdog team playing in its first Olympic quarterfinal game in it the whole way. Carey Price faced just 13 shots from Latvia, but did enough to help Canada secure its place in the semifinals.
Patrick Sharp opened the scoring for Canada with a goal 13:37 into the first period. Latvia would tie it just two minutes later after Lauris Darzins was able to sneak by the Canada defense on a breakaway and place a backhand shot up over Price.
Despite the loss, the Latvians have nothing to hang their head about as they gave Canada all it could handle in the game, putting a scare into the Canadians and their fans. Without a doubt, the team from Latvia earned the respect of the hockey world with its performance on Wednesday.
Canada now faces the United States on Friday afternoon in a rematch of 2010′s Gold Medal contest. The winner between the two rival hockey nations will take on the winner of Sweden vs. Finland for the Gold Medal on Sunday.