Finland dumps United States out of IIHF World Championships

Strong defence and timely scoring by Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Kemppainen helped Finland defeat the United States 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2017 IIHF World Championships in Cologne on Thursday.

The US were seeking to secure a place in the semi-finals for the third consecutive World Championships, though it was a young team that coach Jeff Blashill brought to the 2017 tournament.

The event comes to an abrupt end for Blashill's players, who won six of their seven games in the preliminary round, including a group-deciding encounter against Russia.

"They did a good job defensively, clogging us up in the zone and made it tough on us all night long," US goalie Jimmy Howard was quoted as saying by IIHF. 

"Finland's tough defensively, they play a very disciplined game and don't give up much."

Reigning champions Canada marched on as they saw off co-hosts Germany 2-1 in Cologne.

In other quarter-final action, Russia beat the Czech Republic 3-0 and Sweden overcame Switzerland 3-1, both of those matches taking place in Paris.

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