Sweden in World Cup quarterfinals — Switzerland defeats Canada​

Ice Hockey World Championship
Sweden in World Cup quarterfinals — Switzerland defeats Canada

At the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland, Switzerland proved why it is one of the favorites this year. Meanwhile, Sweden has qualified for the quarter-finals.

Sweden is in the quarterfinals of the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland thanks to Czech support. The eleven-time world champion lost to the USA in Group B in Tampere after extra time 2: 3 (1: 1, 0: 1, 1: 0, 0: 1), but by the 4: 1 (1: 0, 1: 0 , 2: 1) of the Czechs over Norway Tre Kronor bought the ticket for the knockout round early on Saturday evening.

Olympic champion Finland, who had already secured progress on Friday by beating relegation candidate Great Britain 6-0, also celebrated their fifth victory in Tampere with a 3-0 (1-0, 1-0, 1-0) win over the Austrians, who were in danger of being relegated.

In Group A, defending champions Canada and Switzerland had advanced to the quarter-finals ahead of their meeting with Denmark’s 3-0 win over France – as had Germany. In a high-class and fast-paced game, the strong Swiss team deservedly defeated the record world champions 6:3 (3:3, 1:0, 2:0) and took the top spot in the table with their fifth win in five games.

The Swiss Andres Ambühl replaced the German record national player Udo Kießling in his 120th World Cup game as a record player. For the 38-year-old it is the 17th participation in the 85th title fights in Helsinki and Tampere. He was also on the ice five times at the Olympic Winter Games for the Swiss.

Olympic bronze medalist Slovakia kept its chances in the quarter-finals by beating Italy 3-1 (2-0, 0-0, 1-1).

(door / SID)