Canada vs Svizzera 3-2 (OT)

Canada earned a 3-2 overtime win and therefore made it to the semifinals! The Canadians got off to a better start… but Switzerland took the lead with Sven Andrighetto during the final stages of the first period. During the second third then, firstly Canada equalized with Mark Stone… but shortly before the second break, Nico Hischier restored the lead for Switzerland. Switzerland then was in the lead until half second to the end of the third period (!!)… that is, until when Damon Severson equalized for the Canadians. Finally, 5 minutes and 7 seconds into the overtime period, Mark Stone earned the win for Canada.

Russia vs United States 4-3

Russia earned a 4-3 win against United States. The Russians got off to a brillant start and took a 2-goals lead during the first period with Nikita Gusev and Mikhail Sergachyov. During the early stages of the central period, however, the Americans shortened distances with Brady Skjei… and the two teams went to the second break with the Russians 2-1 ahead in the score. Finally, during the third period, firstly Russia extended the lead with Kirill Kaprizov… then, United States scored a second goal with Noah Hanifin… after that, Russia restored the 2-goals lead thanks to Mikhail Grigorenko… and finally, Alex Debrincat scored a third goal for the Americans that, however, only served to set the 4-3 final score in Russia’s favour.

Czech Republic vs Germany 5-1

Czech Republic earned a 5-1 win against Germany… but it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park. The first period in fact, ended goalless. During the second period then, the Czech took the lead with Jan Kovar… but shortly after that, Frank Maurer equalized for the Germans. Czech Republic, however, made the difference during the last third… when they scored with Jakub Voracek, Dominik Kubalik, Ondrej Palat and Jan Kovar and therefore set the 5-1 final score.

Finland vs Sweden 5-4 (OT)

What a show the derby Finland vs Sweden! The Finns earned a 5-4 overtime win. The game was immediately fun… it took 1 minute to Niko Mikkola to put Finland ahead, but almost immediately Sweden equalized with John Klingberg. Always during the first third then, the Swedes took the lead with Patric Hornqvist. During the early stages of the central period then, Elias Pettersson gave Sweden a 2-goals lead… but already before the half-an-hour mark, Finland equalized thanks to Petteri Lindbohm and Jani Hakanpaa. Emotions over? Of course not… by the second break in fact, the Swedes restored their lead with Erik Gustafsson. After that, the score didn’t change anymore until 1 minute and 29 seconds to the end, that is until when Finland equalized with Marko Antttila… at that point the momentum turned in the Finns favour, who in fact scored the game winning goal with Sakari Manninen 1 minute and 37 seconds into the overtime period!