USA wins group in World Hockey, Canada advances to quarterfinals –

Kevin Labank and Conor Garland each scored two goals, and the United States defeated Italy 4-2 in the final qualifying of the World Hockey Championship on Tuesday, winning six games in a row.

With this victory, the United States will be the first to make a decision in Group B and will face Slovakia in the single elimination quarterfinals starting Thursday.

“17 days ago, we got together without knowing each other,” said Jack Capuano.

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Jake Ottinger won the tournament for the third time with nine saves. Brian Boyle took over as captain and Justin Abdelkader was injured and missed.

Italy lost all seven games of the tournament. Italian goalkeeper David Fadani recorded 39 saves.

Finland, Germany and Canada also advanced to Group B, while Russia, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Slovakia advanced to Group A quarterfinals.

The Canadians had to sweat the last few hours of the qualifying round after making a 3-2 shootout decision to Finland early Tuesday. Germany beat host Latvia 2-1. After defeating in, they went on.

Canada, who has never missed a playoff at the World Championships or the Olympics, will face Group A winner Russia in the quarterfinals. Finland will face the Czech Republic and Switzerland will face Germany in the other quarterfinals on Thursday.

The semi-finals will take place on Saturday and the gold and bronze medal game will take place on Sunday.

Less than four minutes after Canada made it to the quarter-finals, Alz Luozarainen scored a second goal in the match and entered overtime.

Ruotsalainen also won the shootout. Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Olkinuora recorded 32 saves in regulation and two more saves in shootout, stopping Connor Brown in his final attempt.

Brandon Pirri and Maxime Comtois scored in Canada. Darcy Kuemper has saved 29.

After that, Canada had to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Germans scored goals from John Peterka and Marcel Noebels at 6:40 and 23 saves from Mathias Niederberger. Rodrigo Abolus scored in Latvia.

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Russia defeated Belarus 6-0 to win Group A. Nikita Nesterov ignited and closed the first period of five goals in the tally.

Christoph Bertschy scored two goals with four goals and two periods, and Switzerland defeated England 6-3. Tristan Scherwey recorded 3 assists as a Swiss.

Filip Zadina, Michael Spacek, Libor Sulak, Matej Stransky and Libor Hajek each scored goals and assists, with the Czech Republic defeating Slovakia 7-3 to take third place.