The two ice hockey superpowers Canada and Sweden preserved the chance of advancing to the quarter-finals at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga. The young Canadian team outclassed Italy, which had no points, 7-1 on Sunday. Sweden beat Slovakia 3-1. Both Canada, record world champion with 26 medals, and the eleven-time champion Sweden still have to tremble to avert historical bankruptcies.
Sweden only missed the quarter-finals once (1937), Canada never. After the historically weak start to the World Cup with three defeats, Canada took their third victory, but still have to score. At the end of Group B on Tuesday, it will be against defending champions Finland. The world champion is the first team to make it through to the quarter-finals and, after a 3-2 win after extra time against hosts Latvia, confidently leads the group.
In Group A, after a 6-0 win against Belarus, Russia and Slovakia on Sunday, Switzerland are on the way up with 12 points each. Sweden (9) is fighting with the Czech Republic and Denmark (8 each) for the fourth quarter-final ticket.
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