RIGA (Latvia) (AFP) – Colin Blackwell and Conor Garland scored twice on Thursday as the United States beat Slovakia 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals with Canada at the World Hockey Championship.
The Canadians, who lost their first three matches of the tournament, stunned Russia with a 2:1 overtime goal via Andrew Mangyappani.
The second semi-final match on Saturday will be the double of defending champions Finland and Germany, who surprised Switzerland 3:2 on penalties, while Finland defeated the Czech Republic 1:0.
All four winners played warm-up matches in Group B and faced each other like shame. The United States beat Canada 5:1, and Finland beat Germany 2:1.
Brian Boyle and Sasha Khmelewski also scored on Thursday, and Cal Peterson performed 27 export runs for the Americans, who won their seventh straight game of the tournament.
The United States, who were the first to advance to the preliminary round, scored first-half goals from Boyle, Blackwell and Garland and were on their way.
In the second half, Petr Celeric put Slovakia on the field, but Blackwell scored his second goal of the game later in the period. Chmilowski and Garland scored the third goal in the net against goalkeeper Adam Hosk, who faced 33 shots.
Troy Streicher made an excellent goal across the goal line and found Manjiapani in the 2:12 power game.
Canada equalized the match by 5:03 in the third game, with the power of Adam Henrique. Conor Brown sent Henrique a quick shot over the bar, which bypassed Sergei Bobrovsky.
Russia, who finished first in Group A, opened the scoring at 14:32 in the second half, when defender Yevgeny Timkin fired into the open net.
Darcy Comber saved 24 tackles for Canada, who needed help from Germany and Latvia on the final day to reach the quarter-finals.
The victory over Switzerland saw Germany return to the semi-finals for the first time since 2010.
And in the last minutes, the Germans withdrew the goalkeeper and scored the equalizer from Leon Gawanke, who had 44 seconds left. They won the penalty shootout 2:1 when Marcel Noebbels beat Leonard Genone.
For Switzerland, the loss was in the quarter-finals. Two years ago, Canada tied Switzerland to the last game in regulation and eventually lost. This time they blew up the 2-0 lead on goals from defenders Ramon Untersander and Fabrice Herzog.
Tom Konkel reduced Switzerland’s lead to 2:1 in the last three minutes of the second half.
German goalkeeper Matthias Niederberger allowed Tim Maier to score only five shots for Switzerland. Dominic Kahun also scored a penalty kick for Germany.
In the second half of the match, 12:55, Jerry Inala scored and Jose Olkinoara saved 28 tackles when Finland defeated the two Czech teams. Simon saved your escape 23 balls for the Czech Republic.
The 2020 World Cup has been canceled due to a pandemic. The Finns won in 2019.
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