HERNING, Denmark — Finland handed the United States its first defeat at the ice hockey world championship in a 6-2 thumping on Tuesday.
The Finns supplanted the U.S. to top Group B in Herning, and will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Swiss clinched a quarterfinal by beating France 5-1 to finish fourth in Group A in Copenhagen.
The Americans’ first defeat in seven games dropped them to second in the group and a quarterfinal against the Czech Republic, the third team in Group A.
The remaining quarterfinal pairings will be decided in the final group stage games later Tuesday.
Canada needs a win over Germany to secure the third place in Group B while host Denmark will fight with Latvia over the last quarterfinal berth in the same group.
Sweden and Russia will clash over the top place in Group A. Slovakia also plays Belarus.
Sebastian Aho scored a couple of opening-period goals for Finland and added one more into an empty net to finish the scoring to become the championship leader with nine goals and eight assists.
Mikko Rantanen, Marko Anttila Kasperi Kapanen also scored.
U.S. captain Patrick Kane got a power play goal to reduce the deficit to 4-1 in the final period. Derek Ryan added another one for the U.S.
Finland outplayed Canada 5-1 earlier in the preliminary round.
Gregory Hofmann, Enzo Corvi, Ramon Untersander, Kevin Fiala Simon Moser had a goal apiece for the Swiss. France replied with one from Guillaume Leclerc.
Karel Janicek, The Associated Press