Latvia is one win away from winning its first-ever medal at the World Championship following a surprising 3-1 victory Friday over Sweden in the quarterfinals in Riga, Latvia.
Arturs Silovs made 40 saves. Sweden outshot Latvia 41-15.
Latvia will face Canada Saturday in the semifinals in Tampere, Finland (7:20 a.m. ET, NHL Network). The other semifinal pits the United States against Germany at 11:20 a.m. ET.
Miks Indrosis snapped a 1-1 tie at 5:55 of the third period and Janis Jaks added an insurance goal at 13:46.
Detroit Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond assisted on Sweden’s lone goal, by Timothy Liljegren at 9:41 of the second period, which tied it at 1-1. Raymond logged 24:44 in ice time and registered three shots. Jonatan Berggren, his Red Wings teammates, played inly 3:10.
Canada 4, Finland 1: The Canadians eliminated the defending champion and host country, getting goals from Jack Quinn, Samuel Blais, Michael Carcone and Tyler Toffoli. Samuel Montembeault made 27 saves. Red Wings defenseman Olli Maatta had no points and no shots on goal in 15:11 for Finland.
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