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Olympic Hockey: Switzerland, Russia Reach Quarterfinals


Switzerland and Russia have skated to the quarterfinals of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament at the Turin Games in Italy.

The Swiss played Group A rival Germany to a two-goal draw (2-2) Sunday. But with upset wins over Canada and the Czech Republic, Switzerland will advance. Group A leader Finland has a place, and the Czech Republic and Canada will gain the other two spots with at least ties in games later Sunday.

Slovakia is guaranteed to finish at the top of Group B, beating Kazakhstan, 2-1, to remain undefeated after four games. Eight-time Olympic champion Russia hammered Latvia, 9-2, to reach the quarterfinals. Sweden also will advance. The other place will go to the United States if it gets at least one point from its last two games.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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