Sweden skates into ice hockey semifinals

After a 4-2 win against the Czech Republic on Monday, Sweden earned itself a spot in the world junior ice hockey championship semifinals.

The match put the Swedes into first place of Group A, while the Czechs ended up in third place. This is the second year in a row that the Swedish team has made it to the semifinals.

Oscar Moller scored after the first four minutes of the game, giving the Swedes an early lead. By the second period, they had accumulated a 3-0 lead and managed to halt five power plays by the Czech team.

In Group B, Russia propelled itself to second place after a 4-3 win against Switzerland. The game was close, as Switzerland nearly tied the game with a shot in the last second.

The US won the key game against Finland, 5-3, while Canada beat Denmark with a strong 4-1 score.

Sweden will face the winner of the Czech Republic – Russia quarter-final game, while the US will compete against the victor of the Canada-Finland match.