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Finland Upset, Team USA Advances in Worlds

Ryan, Darling advance to semifinals

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Medal hopes remain alive for just two Carolina Hurricanes after quarterfinal play in the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Finland Upset by Switzerland

Despite having tremendous tournaments, Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen will not medal in this year's World Championship after top-seeded Team Finland was edged 3-2 by the Swiss in Thursday's quarterfinals match-up.

Aho tallied an assist on Mikko Rantanen's third-period goal to finish with 18 points (9g, 9a) - a new Finnish tournament record - and a plus-15 rating in eight games. Teravainen totaled 14 points (5g, 9a) and a plus-14 rating in the tournament. Saku Maenalanen, inked to a one-year, two-way contract this morning, recorded three points (2g, 1a) and a plus-1 rating in the tournament.

Team USA Tops Czech Republic to Advance

Medal hopes are still alive for Derek Ryan and Scott Darling, as Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 3-2 to advance to the semifinal round.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: .@DerekAllenRyan has picked up an assist against the Czech Republic!#IIHFWorlds

Ryan assisted on both of Patrick Kane's goals, including the game-winner in the third period. Ryan now has seven points (4g, 3a) in eight tournament games.

Martin Necas scored a power-play goal for the Czechs to tie the game at two in the second period. His deft redirection in the slot was his third goal of the tournament. He finished with five points (3g, 2a) and a plus-2 rating in seven games.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: It's a Marty party! ��#IIHFWorlds

Team USA will face Switzerland in the semifinals on Saturday morning.

Semifinals & Medal Games Schedule

Two semifinal match-ups are set for Saturday, followed by medal games - the two winners squaring off for gold and the two losers competing for bronze - on Sunday.

This weekend's schedule is below. Click here to see quarterfinal results, and click here to see preliminary round results.

2018 IIHF World Championship Semifinals & Medal Games
May 19 Sweden vs. USA 6-0 NHL Network
May 19 Canada vs. Switzerland 2-3 NHL Network
May 20 USA vs. Canada 4-1 NHL Network
May 20 Sweden vs. Switzerland 3-2 (SO) NHL Network

All times listed in Eastern time. 

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