Semifinals set after Finland and Russia win

Team Finland's Emma Terho battles with Marie Delarbre of Germany during action at the women's world...

Team Finland's Emma Terho battles with Marie Delarbre of Germany during action at the women's world championship Saturday. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

OTTAWA - Russia and Finland stand in the way of yet another gold-medal showdown between the U.S. and Canada at the women's world hockey championship.

After Finland edged Germany 1-0 on a goal by Michelle Karvinen, the Russians beat Switzerland 2-1 in the Saturday night showcase at Scotiabank Place in front of an announced crowd of more than 5,000.

On Monday, the U.S. will play Finland in the first semi-final at 3:30 p.m., while the Russians get the night game, facing the unbeaten Canadians at 7:30.

"We just have to score goals, and play like a team," said Finland's Susanna Tapani.

"It's our strength."

The Russians, with former Senator Alexei Yashin serving as GM, are the only team to make the final four out of the B pool. Russia, gearing up to be host team in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, won all three round-robin games before beating Switzerland, which is winless here after capturing bronze at the worlds last year.


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