Canucks: Arturs Silovs performs starring function to backstop Latvia to world championship quarterfinals

Goalie prospect Arturs Silovs has began all seven video games for Latvia

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Arturs Silovs is placing fairly the flourish on to the end of his 2022-23 hockey season.

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The Vancouver Canucks’ goalie prospect has been placing on a present on the IIHF World Championships, backstopping Latvia to a stunning third-place end of their pool on the 2003 occasion, which the Latvians are co-hosting alongside Finland.

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Silovs has been in purpose for all 5 of Latvia’s regulation and additional time wins, posting a 91.4 save share within the course of.

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Latvia got here into the match ranked eleventh however secured their spot within the ultimate eight with a 4-3 additional time win on Tuesday over Switzerland. Latvia wanted solely a degree to progress to the quarters, so the win was technically icing on the cake.

Silovs informed that qualifying after regulation time was pleasing however in fact a win is all the time finest.

“For me, it was kind of reduction, however nonetheless you need to win the sport, proper? As a result of in case you lose in OT it’s not going to be the perfect feeling. You all the time need to win,” he mentioned.

“Yeah, then it was pure pleasure. It was a lot of enjoyable.”

The win by Silovs and his teammates had Latvian followers actually dancing within the streets, with Latvian TV displaying photographs of followers going wild at an outside viewing occasion in Riga.

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Even with the loss, the Swiss nonetheless completed first within the group.

Latvia’s best-ever end on the worlds in seventh, final attained in 2009. In addition they managed to complete seventh in 2004 and 2009.

Silovs’ starring function for his nationwide staff isn’t an enormous shock, given what a powerful season he had for the Canucks within the AHL and NHL.

After posting a decent 90.9 save share for the Abbotsford Canucks this season, Silovs was named the staff’s MVP.

He began a pair of playoff video games, serving to Abbotsford battle into the second spherical, the place they misplaced to the Calgary Wranglers.

Silovs additionally began in 5 NHL video games for the Canucks this season, bettering with every begin and posting a strong 90.8 per cent save share.

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