The semi-finals of the Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga on Saturday are Canada against the USA and Finland against Germany. The Canadians got the upper hand on Thursday in a highly rated quarterfinal duel between record world champions and Russia with a 2-1 win after extra time. USA showed no nudity against Slovakia 6–1. Defending champions Finland won 1–0 in a hard-fought match against the Czech Republic. Germany beat Switzerland 3-2 after a penalty shootout.
In the top game, the favorite Russians took the lead through Yevgeny Timkin (35th), with Adam Heinrich (46th) compensating for the Canadians who had just reached the quarter-finals. Andrew Mangiapane made the decision in the third minute of extra time. In the second evening game, Jere Innala (33rd) scored the Finnish gold goal against the Czech Republic.
For other confident Americans, Colin Blackwell (16./37.) and Connor Garland (20./59.) each scored twice. Since the opening loss against Finland (1:2), the Americans have celebrated seven consecutive victories, scoring only nine goals in total. While the Slovaks were left without a medal for the ninth time in a row, the United States is still missing out on two victories for its first world title since 1933. After the turn of the millennium, he won four bronze medals (2004, 2013, 2015). , 2018).
Germany lost 2–0 against Switzerland to Ramon Untersander (16th) and Fabrice Herzog (34th). Tom Kuhnhackel (38th) and Leon Gawanke (60th) ensured equalization and extension, which went goalless. The deciding penalty was replaced by Marcel Noables, who returned his team to the semi-finals for the first time in eleven years. Again in 2010 they won against Switzerland and finished fourth in the domestic World Cup. This is the first medal again at the weekend since 1953.