Belarus grabs last spot in quarterfinals

Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2, while the United States beat Slovakia in overtime and Canada thrashed Austria in their final group games.

Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo. Belarus will face Canada in the next round. Jack Eichel scored on a wrist shot with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the US a 5-4 victory over Slovakia as the Americans finished first in Group B with six wins and one loss. The result means the young US team will meet Switzerland in the quarterfinals. In a repeat of last year’s final and a matchup for second place in Group B, Finland downed defending champion Russia 3-2 after a penalty shootout. Finland will play host nation the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, while Russia takes on Sweden. The Czech Republic edged Switzerland 2-1 after a penalty shootout with Michal Vondrka scoring the winner. In a match of two bottom teams in Group A, France beat Latvia 3-2 after a penalty shootout. Austria and Slovenia will be relegated to the second-tier tournament next year.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN