RIGA, Latvia — Kevin Labanc and Conor Garland scored two targets apiece and america gained its sixth straight recreation with a 4-2 victory over Italy in its remaining preliminary recreation on the world hockey championship on Tuesday.
With the victory, the U.S. clinched first in Group B and can play Slovakia within the single-elimination quarterfinals, which begin Thursday.
“Seventeen days in the past, we got here collectively a few of us not understanding one another, and to now be sitting right here in first place, we’re a proud group,” coach Jack Capuano mentioned.
Italy misplaced all seven video games within the event. Italian goaltender Davide Fadani made 39 saves.
Finland, Germany and Canada additionally superior in Group B. Russia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia superior to the quarterfinals in Group A.
The Canadians needed to sweat out the ultimate hours of the preliminary spherical after dropping a 3-2 shootout choice to Finland earlier Tuesday. They moved on after Germany edged host Latvia 2-1.
Canada, which had by no means missed the playoffs on the world championship or Olympics, will face Group A winner Russia within the quarterfinals. The opposite quarterfinals on Thursday could have Finland face the Czechs and Switzerland taking up Germany.
The semifinals might be performed on Saturday and gold and bronze medal video games on Sunday.
Canada was inside 4 minutes of advancing outright to the quarterfinals, however Arttu Ruotsalainen scored his second aim of the sport to pressure further time.
Ruotsalainen additionally had the winner within the shootout. Finnish goaltender Jussi Olkinuora had 32 saves in regulation and two extra within the shootout, stopping Connor Brown on the ultimate try.
All Canada wanted to achieve the quarterfinals after that was to have both Germany or Latvia win in regulation.
The Germans acquired targets from John Peterka and Marcel Noebels within the opening 6:40 and 23 saves from Mathias Niederberger in prevailing. Rodrigo Abols scored for Latvia.
Russia captured Group A with a 6-0 win over Belarus. Nikita Nesterov ignited and capped a five-goal first interval with tallies.
Christoph Bertschy scored twice in a four-goal second-period outburst that carried Switzerland to a 6-3 win over Nice Britain. Tristan Scherwey had three assists for the Swiss.