COLOGNE Russia eased past the Czech Republic 3-0 to book their spot in the last four of the Ice Hockey World Championships on Thursday with Finland joining them after stunning the United States 2-0.
Recovering from their defeat on Tuesday against the United States, Russia quickly grabbed a two-goal lead thanks to Dmitri Orlov and Nikita Kucherov.
Artemi Panarin sealed their victory with his fourth goal in the competition deep in the third period as Russia avenged last year’s world championship loss to the Czechs in Moscow.
Finland opened the scoring against the United States with a power-play goal at the start of the second period, with Mikko Rantanen scoring his third of the competition.
Joonas Kemppainen scored a second with 13 minutes left in the third period and the United States unable to come up with a response.
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.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Richard Lough)