Switzerland held high-scoring Sweden in check for a 4-2 win on Wednesday to stay undefeated and win its group in the preliminary round of ice hockey’s world championship.
The Swiss was to face the Czech Republic yesterday, while Sweden was to play Denmark.
Finland beat Slovakia 3-2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to win Group C and set up a game with Latvia today, while later on Wednesday night Norway beat Germany 3-2 to set up a game with Canada yesterday.
Germany was to play the US last night.
Belarus, which beat France 3-1 on Wednesday, advanced to play Russia today.
On Wednesday, Thierry Paterlini, Andreas Ambuhl, Thibault Monnet and Thomas Ziegler scored for Switzerland. Jonas Hiller, playing in place of Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber, stopped 28 shots.
“They dictated the game from the beginning to the end,” Sweden captain Kenny Jonsson said. “I hope this is a good wake-up call that we have to play 60 minutes every game. The only time we played with any desperation was in the last five minutes.”
Teemu Selanne scored for Finland, along with Tuomu Ruutu and Niko Kapanen. Robert Petrovicky and Miroslav Kovacik scored for Slovakia.
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