Ice hockey: Russian Federation beat Czechs for last four spot, Finland stun US

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

The United States has won Group A at the world ice hockey championship by erasing three one-goal deficits in a 5-3 win over Russian Federation in Cologne, Germany.

Howard, who was the USA player of the game, said the Finns "made it tough on us all night long". "Finland's tough defensively, they play a very disciplined game and don't give up much".

After a tournament-opening loss to Germany, Team USA won its final six games of the preliminary round to claim the top seed coming out of Group A. Finland, meanwhile, emerged from round-robin play as the fourth seed in Group B.

The tournament comes to an abrupt end for Team USA, which won six of its seven games in the Preliminary Round, including a group-deciding encounter against Russian Federation.

Defending champions Canada, looking for a third straight title, take on co-hosts Germany while Switzerland face Sweden in the other two quarter-finals later on Thursday.

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Russian Federation advanced to Saturday's semifinal against the victor of tonight's Canada-Germany game.

O'Reilly earned the primary assist on Mark Scheifele's power-play goal to open the scoring late in the third period and the Canadians held off a late comeback attempt in their 2-1 victory over Germany. Team USA outshot Finland, 26-20 ... Joonas Kemppainen added another with 13:01 left to play.

Overall, despite bossing possession, the Czechs were closed down well by the Russians, restricting their ability to get into good shooting positions. Czech frustration was summed up when forward David Pastrnak's stick broke in half on a slap shot. "When Russia scored they controlled the game for the next two periods".

Larkin led the US with eight assists and his 10 points (including two goals) was second to Johnny Gaudreau's 12 points (six goals, six assists).

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