Switzerland keeps Latvia from world hockey quarters


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Minsk, Belarus (SportsNetwork.com) - Switzerland claimed a 3-2 win over Latvia on the final day of the preliminary round in the 2014 World Hockey Championship, giving Finland a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Swiss opened a 3-0 lead on Tuesday and held on for the victory, moving into fifth place in the Group B standings. Latvia, with a win in regulation or overtime, would have edged Finland for fourth in the group to earn a spot in the round of eight.

Instead, Finland finished fourth and will take on Canada in Thursday's quarterfinals.

Canada won Group A on Tuesday with a 3-2 triumph over Norway. Joel Ward scored twice for Canada, including the winner on a third-period power play, and added an assist. James Reimer turned aside 14 shots for the Canadians, who won their last six games of the round-robin after opening with a shootout loss to France.

The United States currently sits second in Group B after a 5-4 win over Germany to conclude the preliminary round. Justin Abdelkader scored twice and Johnny Gaudreau contributed a goal with three assists for the Americans.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves for the United States, which can still drop to third in Group B if Belarus beats Russia in regulation later on Tuesday.

In another Group A game from Tuesday, Slovakia earned a 4-3 win over Denmark. Both teams had previously been eliminated from quarterfinal contention.

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