United States goaltender Connor Hellebuyck gave up an early goal and then slammed the door on Switzerland in Team USA’s 3-1 win in the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championships. The game was played in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Roman Josi had the Swiss goal, but Ben Smith, Charlie Coyle and Jake Gardiner countered for the U.S. Hellebuyck finished with 21 saves.
Next up for the Americans is Russia, as that semifinal matchup will take place at 1:15 p.m. EDT Saturday. The Russians defeated Sweden, 5-3, in the quarterfinals. Evgeni Malkin had two goals for Russia.
In another quarterfinal game, Tyler Ennis of the Buffalo Sabres scored for Canada in its 9-0 win over Belarus in another quarterfinal game.
It’s the first time in six years that the Canadians have reached the semifinals.
Brent Burns led Team Canada with two goals and two assists.
“It’s nice to put ourselves in a position to get to the finals,” team captain Sidney Crosby told reporters after the game. “The important thing is to get better every game and at this point you’ve got to be at your best. It’s win or go home, so we did a good job today.”
Tyler Seguin scored three goals for Canada, Ryan O’Reilly had two and Jason Spezza also scored. Canada has scored 58 goals in the first eight games for the tournament.
Mike Smith stopped 23 shots for the shutout.
In the semifinals on Saturday, Canada will play the Czech Republic (9:30 a.m. EDT). The Czechs knocked off Finland, 5-3.