CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will have three representatives in the 2013 IIHF World Championships semi-finals as Switzerland, the USA and Finland all advanced on Thursday.
Reto Berra backed up Martin Gerber in Switzerland's quarter-final tilt with Jiri Hudler and the Czech Republic. The Swiss edged the Czechs 2-1 to win their eighth straight game at the tournament and send them off to the semi-finals.
Denis Hollenstein opened the scoring at 5:45 of the first period and Roman Josi gave the Swiss a two-goal cushion at the 3:08 mark of the second stanza. Czech defenceman Zdenek Kutlak got his country on the board in the third period but the Swiss hung on for the win.
Hudler had 19:12 of ice time and put two shots on net.
Chris Butler and the USA thumped Russia 8-3 on Thursday morning to earn them a spot in the semi-finals. Paul Stastny (2), TJ Oshie, Nate Thompson, Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob Trouba and David Moss were all able to beat Ilya Bryzgalov while the Russians received goals from Alexander Svitov, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Perezhogin.
Butler recorded an assist, was a plus-one and logged 17:05 of ice in the American victory.
Netminder Joni Ortio backed up Antti Raanta in Finland's 4-3 quarter-final victory over Slovakia. The Finns were up 3-0 after the first period thanks to Ossi Vaananen and Petri Kontiola (2) but Slovakia came storming back in the second frame. Michel Miklik and Andrej Sekera scored in the second period and Tomas Surovy potted the equalizer early in the third frame but Juhamatti Aaltonen played the hero for Finland, beating Slovakian goaltender Rastislav Stana at 8:13 of the third period.
Canada was eliminated on Thursday after falling to Sweden 3-2 in a shootout. Steven Stamkos opened the scoring in the second period while the Canadians were on the power play but Nicklas Danielsson answered back with a power play marker of his own in the third frame. Danielsson added his second goal of the game at 9:35 mark of the third period to give the Swedes their first lead of the game but Claude Giroux scored the equalizer just over a minute later.
Overtime solved nothing so the game went to shootout where former Calgary Hitmen forward Fredrik Pettersson tallied the winner for Sweden.
TJ Brodie was a healthy scratch in the Canada's final game of the tournament.