Olympic hockey gold medallists Canada lost 3-2 to Finland in the quarterfinals of the world championships on Thursday to join the U.S. in heading for the exit after the Americans went down 4-3 to the Czech Republic.
A goal with three minutes left in the third period by Iiro Pakarinen gave Finland the victory as Canada fell at the quarterfinal stage for the fifth year running.
Down 1-0 following the first period, Canada got on the board when Kyle Turris ripped a shot over Pekka Rinne's glove at 5:41. Mark Scheifele gave Canada the lead when he kept the puck on a 2-on-1 and fired a shot upstairs.
The Finns tied the game 28 seconds into the third as Juuso Hietanen scored his second of the game just inside the blueline that trickled in off Ben Scrivens' blocker.
"For the most part, I thought our team played well," Canadian head coach Dave Tippett told IIHF.com. "We controlled long portions of the game. We made a couple of mistakes that cost us the game. Our goal was to get better every day. That was probably the best game we've played here."
Sweden, the defending champions, earned a hard fought 3-2 win over hosts Belarus and in the semifinals will face Russia, who earlier beat France 3-0, leaving the Finns to take on the Czechs.