Hosts Sweden will play surprise package Switzerland in the final of the world ice hockey championships after each registered 3-0 semi-final victories over Finland and the United States respectively.
Sweden’s Dallas Stars left winger Loui Eriksson scored two goals and an assist, while goalkeeper Jhonas Enroth produced 30 saves in the team’s win over Finland.
The result kept alive the Swedes’ hopes of becoming the first team to win the gold medal on home ice since the former Soviet Union did it in 1986.
“We had a tough opponent. Finland are a defensively well-organised team,” Swedish manager Par Marts said.
“It’s hard to beat them, but we found a way. We played a good game, but we need to play better and we can play better.”
The Swiss were delighted to reach their first final. “It’s a great win, not only for our ice hockey but for all Switzerland’s sport,” Swiss federation president Ueli Maurer told AFP.