Finland stun US to reach world hockey championships semis
Paris (AFP) – Russia and Finland clinched the first two semi-final places at the ice hockey world championships on Thursday with the mighty United States condemned to the role of fall guys.
Finland stunned the US 2-0 in Cologne, a victory which came out of the blue after the Scandinavians suffered three group stage defeats.
But indiscipline hurt the Americans with twelve penalty minutes to Finland’s four and they conceded the opener during a power play as Colorado Rapids star Mikko Rantanen hit the target.
Finland then doubled their lead in the third period through Joonas Kemppainen.
Russia made easy work of the Czech Republic 3-0 in Paris thanks to strikes from Dmitri Orlov, a great individual play from Nikita Koutcherov and Chicago Blackhawks star Artemi Panarine who consolidated his position as the tournament’s top scorer.
Canada take on Germany and Sweden face the Swiss in Paris later Thursday in the two other quarter-finals.