Sunday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

U.S. women advance to semifinals at Worlds

Hilary Knight scored two goals and added an assist to break Cammi Granato’s U.S. points record in women’s world hockey championship play, helping the Americans rout Japan 10-2 in the quarterfinals in Calgary, Alberta. With 80 points, the eight-time world champion trails only former Canadian stars Hayley Wickenheiser (86) and Jayna Hefford (83). Alex Carpenter and Grace Zumwinkle each scored twice for the Americans. Megan Keller, Brianna Decker, Caroline Harvey and Dani Cameranesi also added goals. Akane Shiga scored both goals for Japan.

Sanni Vanhanen scored the game’s only goal and Anni Keisala made it stand up with 29 stops in Finland’s 1-0 victory over Group B winner, the Czech Republic.

The five-time defending champion United States will face Finland on Monday in the semifinals at 3 p.m.

Canada followed up its impressive 5-1 win over the Americans on Thursday with a 7-0 blasting of Germany. Natalie Spooner scored twice and Ashton Bell, Brianne Jenner, Melodie Daoust, Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Fillier also lit the lamp. Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer only faced three shots on goal in the one-sided affair.

Switzerland knocked out Russia, with Sinja Leeman feeding Laura Zimmerman for the winning one-timer that beat goaltender Valeria Merkusheva 5:29 into overtime.

Host Canada will face Switzerland on Monday in the semifinals at 7 p.m.

Today’s games (5th-8th place placement) The fifth place team is placed Group A next year

Russia vs Germany 3 p.m.

Czech Republic vs Japan 7 p.m.

2022 Men’s Olympic Qualfying

Group D

Austria vs Poland 7:30 a.m.

Slovakia vs Belarus 11:30 a.m. (Winner advances to Olympics - Belarus must win in regulation)

Group E

Hungary vs Italy 6 a.m.

Latvia vs France 12 p.m. (Winner advances to Olympics)

Group F

Slovenia vs South Korea 6 a.m.

Norway vs Denmark 10 a.m. (Winner advances to Olympics)

NHL Signings

The Carolina Hurricanes have tendered an offer sheet to Montreal Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The one-year contract is worth $6,100,035 and includes a $20 signing bonus. 20 is a nod to Sebastian Aho’s sweater number. Montreal has seven days to match Carolina’s offer. If the Canadiens decline to match, the Hurricanes will send their first-round pick and third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft to Montreal. Kotkaniemi, the third overall pick in 2018, produced five goals and 20 points in 56 regular season games. He added five goals and four assists in 19 postseason games to help the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup Final. For more on the offer sheet visit Canes Country and Eyes on the Prize.

Underground poll o’ the day

Will Montreal match the Kotkaniemi offer sheet?