Connected PressMay 25, 2023, 12:37 PM ET2 Minute Study
TAMPERE, Finland — The United States beat the Czech Republic three- on Thursday to set up a semifinal game against Germany at the ice hockey planet championship.
Canada will face Latvia at Nokia Arena in the other semifinal Saturday.
The Americans earned their eighth straight victory.
“This was a hard game and I am genuinely proud of our group and how we stuck to our game program,” U.S. head coach David Quinn stated. “There is a genuine selflessness to our group and that is been evident from the outset.”
The United States beat the Czech Republic three- to advance to the semifinals of the ice hockey planet championship. The Americans have been cruising via the tournament, earning their eighth straight victory.AP
Matt Coronato scored on a shot from the left circle that deflected off the skate of a Czech defenseman and into the net in the opening period in which the Czechs managed just two shots on aim.
Nick Perbix doubled the benefit midway via the second with a shot into the roof of the net to beat goaltender Karel Vejmelka.
Cutter Gauthier completed the scoring in the third with his seventh aim at the tournament.
The quarterfinal was a repeat of final year’s bronze-medal game, which the Czechs won eight-four.
In yet another quarterfinal in Tampere, Canada beat defending champion Finland four-1. In final year’s final, Finland beat the Canadians four-three in overtime.
Jack Quinn, Samuel Blais and Michael Carcone scored for Canada ahead of Finland pulled goaltender Emil Larmi for an additional attacker, major to Teemu Hartikainen’s consolation aim with three:08 left.
Only 50 seconds later, Canada captain Tyler Toffoli scored an empty-netter.
In the Latvian capital of Riga, Germany upset Switzerland three-1 to attain the semifinals.
Jonas Siegenthaler answered Germany’s opening aim by Maximilian Kastner ahead of John Peterka and Nico Sturm netted for the Germans.
Also in Riga, co-host Latvia followed the suit by upsetting Sweden three-1.
Dans Locmelis, Mick Indrasis and Janis Jaks scored for Latvia. The Latvians beat Sweden for only the second time at the planet championship and gave themselves a 1st opportunity to play for a medal.
Timothy Liljegren scored for Sweden.
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