At the elite division hockey WC in Riga and Tampere, the last two quarter-finalists played the last matches of the group stage. In Finland, Germany secured promotion after a 5-0 win over France, while Latvia is looking forward to it in front of their home crowd.
After Slovakia’s 4:1 victory over Norway, the Latvians needed at least a point against the Swiss to qualify for the top eight, and they won it. After the regular part of the match, it was 3:3, and in extra time, the hosts even inflicted their first defeat in the championship on Switzerland (3:4).
The quarterfinals will take place on Thursday, and the pairs are USA – Czech Republic, Switzerland – Germany, Canada – Finland and Sweden – Latvia.
TAMPERE, group A
GERMANY – FRANCE 5:0 (2:0, 1:0, 2:0) Ehl 4th, Tiffels 16th, Peterka 23rd, Fischbuch 44th, Kastner 54th.
SWEDEN – USA 3:4 (1:1, 0:2, 2:0) – in extra time Carlsson 10th, 55th, Liljegren 58th; Bonino 17th, Garland 34th, Hutson 40th, Samberg 62nd.
FINLAND – DENMARK 7:1 (3:0, 3:0, 1:1) Anttila 3., Ohtamaa 4., Pokka 19., Bjorninen 23., Lammikko 36., Kapanen 39., Matinpalo 43.; Ehlers 53.
RIGA, group B
SLOVAKIA – NORWAY 4:1 (3:0, 0:1, 1:0) Hrivik 4th, Cehlarik 8th, Lantosi 16th, Panik 59th; Vikingstad 34.
CANADA – CZECH REPUBLIC 3:1 (1:0, 0:1, 2:0) Krebs 20th, Myers 45th, Crouse 60th; Kaut 23.
SWITZERLAND – LATVIA 3:4 (0:0, 1:2, 2:1) – in extra time Fiala 27th, Miranda 48th, Ambühl 54th; Freibergs 22nd, Abols 27th, Daugavins 55th, Balcers 63rd.
Thursday at 3:20 p.m.: USA – CZECH REPUBLIC (Tampere)
SWITZERLAND – GERMANY (Riga)
At 19.20:SWEDEN – LATVIA (Riga)
CANADA – FINLAND (Tampere)
The semifinals will be held on Saturday, and the match for 3rd place and the finals will be held on Sunday.