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Hockey World Cup: Pairs semi-finals

The Finns, this year’s Olympic champions, defeated Slovakia 4:2, although after two runs the score was 2:2. On the other hand, the United States won quite smoothly with Switzerland, who were putting in a great performance in the group stage, 3-0.

Earlier on Thursday, defending champions Canada defeated Sweden 4:3 after extra time, while the Czech Republic defeated Germany 4:1. In the semi-finals, their opponents will be the Czechs, and the Finns will face the Americans.

The quarter-final matches were held in Helsinki and Tampere.

Canada’s successful meeting with the Swedes was particularly interesting. The North American team was already losing 0: 3 after two periods, but at the end of the third half he managed to equalize, and in extra time scored the fourth goal.

The decisive blow was achieved in 43 seconds of overtime by Ottawa Senator Drake Paterson.

– This is a game we will never forget. If we play like we did today in the last period, we have a good chance of winning throughout the tournament,” said Canadian captain Thomas Chabot.

In the semi-finals, their opponent will be the Czechs, and the Finns will face the Americans.

In the first part of the tournament, 16 teams were divided into two groups. The top four players qualified for the quarter-finals. The weakest team in each group is relegated to Division 1a. This fate befell Italy and Great Britain.

The Poles last played in the elite tournament in 2002. In April, they were promoted from the third tier to the second tier of the league.

2022 Ice Hockey World Cup Quarter-Final Results:

USA-Switzerland 3-0 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0)
Finland – Slovakia 4:2 (1:2, 1:0, 2:0)
Czech-Germany 4:1 (2:0, 1:0, 1:1)
Canada-Sweden 4:3 after extra time (0:2, 0:1, 3:0; 1:0).

2022 Hockey World Cup semi-final pairs (Saturday, April 28):

Finland – USA (1:20 pm)
Canada – Czech Republic (5:20 pm).


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