Finns advance to semis at Worlds

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Jarkko Immonen scored twice to lift Finland to a 4-1 win over Norway in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Championship.

Tuomo Ruutu and Jani Lajunen added goals for the Finns, who got 37 saves from Petri Vehanen in the victory. Finland has reached the semis at the Worlds for the first time since claiming a bronze medal in 2008 and on Friday will face the winner between Canada and Russia.

Ken Andre Olimb scored the lone goal for Norway on a penalty shot and Lars Haugen made 30 saves in defeat. It was just the second quarterfinal appearance for the Norwegians and first since an 8-2 loss to Canada in 2008.

All the scoring took place in the second period and Olimb started it after he was taken down by Leo Komarov at the 3:56 mark. He lifted a backhander past Vehanen on the penalty shot, but it was all Finland afterward.

Immonen cashed in a power play just over two minutes later to tie it and Ruutu put the Finns ahead at the 8:43 mark on another power play. Just under seven minutes later, Immonen scored his second of the game on another power play and Lajunen finished off the barrage with just 1:31 left in the period.

Vehanen turned aside all eight shots he faced in the third period to send the Finns to the next round.


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