Germany claims shock Olympic ice hockey victory over Canada

    Germany celebrate defeating Canada 4-3 in the semifinals

    Story highlights

    • Germany beats Canada 4-3 in Olympic semifinals
    • Canada mounted late comeback but to no avail
    • Germans last claimed Olympic ice hockey medal in 1976

    (CNN)Germany stunned defending champions Canada 4-3 Friday to reach the men's Olympic ice hockey final for the first time.

    In a pulsating match at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, the 10th ranked Germans raced into a 3-0 lead and held on towards the end despite a spirited comeback from the much fancied Canadians.
      Brooks Macek, Matthias Plachta, Frank Mauer and Patrick Hager all scored for the Germans who are now guaranteed at least a silver medal.
        The "Eagle Carriers" will face the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Sunday's fi