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Day 12: World Hockey Championship

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Czech Republic 5 Switzerland 4

Tomas Plekanec and the Czech Republic wrapped up preliminary-round play on Tuesday with a 5-4 victory over Switzerland at the Ice Palace in Saint Petersburg.

With the win, the Czechs clinched top spot in Group A and secured a quarter-final matchup against the Americans on Thursday in Moscow. Plekanec didn’t register any points on Tuesday, amassing two shots on goal while logging 15:59 of ice time.

Switzerland’s loss means that their tournament is over. Sven Andrighetto scored a goal and added an assist in his final outing at the event. He led the Swiss with seven points (3G, 4A) in seven games.

The Czech Republic’s victory enabled Lars Eller and Denmark to advance to the quarters with a fourth-place finish in Group A. They’ll battle Finland in Saint Petersburg on Thursday.

Slovakia 3 United States 2 (OT)

Mike Condon didn’t see game action on Tuesday against Slovakia as Keith Kinkaid started for the Americans in their preliminary-round finale.

The Slovaks needed a win in regulation time to move on to the playoff round, but couldn’t get the job done.

Martin Reway collected four shots on goal for the Slovaks in a winning effort.

Belarus 3 France 0

Tim Bozon and the French were held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 loss to Belarus on Tuesday.

Bozon didn’t register a shot on goal while logging 11:45 of ice time.

Both squads failed to move on to the playoff round at the event.

Finland 4 Canada 0

Finland claimed top spot in Group B heading into the playoff round with a 4-0 victory over Canada on Tuesday night in Saint Petersburg.

Brendan Gallagher failed to register a shot on goal while seeing 12:26 of game action.

Goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 21 saves to pick up the shutout.

Canada – which suffered its first loss of the tournament – will play Sweden in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Russia 4 Sweden 1

Alexei Emelin and the Russians closed out preliminary-round play with a 4-1 victory over the Swedes on Tuesday night.

Emelin was held off the scoresheet while seeing 16:36 of ice time.

By finishing second in Group A, the Russians draw Germany in the quarters on Thursday.

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