Co-hosts finland and switzerland are the first teams to reach the quarterfinals of the world ice hockey championships. The finns beat austria 7:2 (2:0, 1:0, 4:2) and can no longer be knocked out of one of the top four places in their group.
The surprise team from switzerland celebrated its fifth win in five games with a 4:1 (1:0, 1:1, 2:0) victory over denmark and is now also in the knockout round.O.-round. The swiss have made their best start to a world cup in 65 years – in 1948 they were in st. Moritz even started with six victories. Meanwhile, the USA beat france 4:2 (2:0, 0:1, 2:1).
After the impressive victory over russia the night before, the finns also performed confidently against austria and led after two thirds through the goals of antti pihlstrom (5. Minute), veli-matti savinainen (9.) and petri kontiola (28.) comfortable. Austria surprisingly scored two goals in a shorthanded draw with robert lukas (41.) and raphael herburger (43.). But lauri korpikoski (50.), niklas hagman (51.), jarno koskiranta (56.) and again savinainen (58.) made everything clear for the landlords.
Even the danes could not stop the swiss high at this world cup. "The puck is bouncing well for us these days," said denis hollenstein after switzerland’s weakest game yet in stockholm. Coach sean simpson said ahead of the final games against norway and russia: "we are now the hunted, everyone wants to beat us now. It will not be easy for us."With two wins to go, the swiss not only want to set a new record, they also want to win their group and probably avoid canada and sweden in the quarterfinals.
In the evening norway won 3:1 (1:0, 1:0, 1:1) against belarus and kept the chance to reach the final round.O.-round. The scandinavians knocked the czech republic out of fourth place in the stockholm table. Tuesday sees the duel between the two teams.