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Czech Republic beats Germany 2-0 to win Group B

August 26, 2021 GMT
Finland's Petra Nieminen, ccenterntre, celebrates with teammates after scoring against against Russia during the third period at the IIHF Women's World Championship hockey tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Finland's Petra Nieminen, ccenterntre, celebrates with teammates after scoring against against Russia during the third period at the IIHF Women's World Championship hockey tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Finland's Petra Nieminen, ccenterntre, celebrates with teammates after scoring against against Russia during the third period at the IIHF Women's World Championship hockey tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Dominika Laskova scored twice and the Czech Republic beat Germany 2-0 on Wednesday night in the women’s world hockey championship to win Group B and avoid having to face the United States or Canada in the quarterfinals.

All five teams in Group A — with the five-time defending champion United States (3-0) and Canada (3-0) set to play for the pool title Thursday night — and the top three in Group B will advance to the quarterfinals.

Klara Peslarova made 12 saves to help the Czech Republic finish 4-0 in group play.

Laskova tied teammate Alena Mills for the tournament goal lead with four. Laskova opened the scoring at 4:28 of the second period and struck again at 9:09 of the third.

Franziska Albl stopped 27 shots for Germany (2-1).

Germany will finish group play Thursday night against Japan (2-1). The winner will face the U.S.-Canada loser, and the loser will play the U.S.-Canada winner.

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In Group A, Petra Nieminen scored twice in Finland’s 4-0 victory over Russia. Susanna Tapani and Jenniina Nylund also scored and and Anni Keisala made 13 saves.

On Thursday, Finland (1-2) will face Switzerland (0-3) for third place in the group. Russia completed the preliminary round 1-3.

In the late game, Hungary beat Denmark 5-1 to finish fourth in Group B in its first appearance in the event.

Alexandra Gowie and Fanni Gasparics each scored twice for Hungary (1-3). Kinga Jokai-Szilagyi also scored and Aniko Nemeth made 10 saves.

Josefine Jakobsen scored for Denmark (0-4).

Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin will sit out the showdown against the United States after blocking a shot with her chest Tuesday against Switzerland.

The United States has outscored opponents 12-0, beating Switzerland and Finland 3-0 and routing Russia 6-0 on Tuesday night.