The group stage of the Ice Hockey World Championships has ended in Finland. The following quarter-final pairs will be played on Thursday:
- Switzerland – United States, 7:20 pm in Helsinki (Live on SRF zwei and in the sports app)
As the group winner, Switzerland is the favorite against the Americans, who have made a mixed impression at this tournament so far. The win against Sweden was fantastic. But there were defeats against Finland and the Czech Republic. Austria was defeated only after extra time.
- Sweden – Canada, 15:20 in Tampere
As at the Olympics in February, the two hockey giants will meet in the quarter-finals. In Beijing, Sweden won 2-0 with two goals in the past ten minutes, losing to Russia in the semi-finals.
- Finland – Slovakia, 19:20 in Tampere
Olympic champion vs. Olympic bronze medalist: Despite the exciting starting position, anything other than Finland’s World Cup progress on home soil would be a surprise. Coach Jukka Jalonen’s team only lost to Sweden in the group stage, also on penalties.
- Germany – Czech Republic, 15:20 in Helsinki
After participating in the semi-finals last year, a difficult task awaits the Germans. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic lost a quarter-final rehearsal against Finland, while Toni Soderholm’s team snatched a point from unbeaten Switzerland. Czech Lakers striker Roman Cervenka ranks second behind Denis Malgin in the list of top scorers in the World Cup (3 goals and 8 assists).
SRF Two, sportlive, May 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m.; CZ
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