Ice hockey: Russia beat Czechs for last four spot, Finland stun U.S.

Russia eased earlier the Czech Republic 3-Zero to e-book their spot within the last 4 of the Ice Hockey World Championships on Thursday with Finland becoming a member of them after stunning the us 2-Zero.

Improving from their defeat on Tuesday against the united states, Russia speedy grabbed a two-intention lead because of Dmitri Orlov and Nikita Kucherov.

Artemi Panarin sealed their victory with his fourth intention in the competitors deep in the 0.33 duration as Russia avenged ultimate yr’s world championship loss to the Czechs in Moscow.

Finland opened the scoring against the united states with an influence-play intention at first of the 2d length, with Mikko Rantanen scoring his third of the competition.

Joonas Kemppainen scored a second with Thirteen minutes left in the third length and the us unable to give you a response.

Defending champions Canada, searching for a 3rd straight title, take on co-hosts Germany whereas Switzerland face Sweden within the different two quarter-finals in a while Thursday.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; enhancing by Richard Lough)

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