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Lions progress in the wake of 'Hurricane Aho'

Finland's men's ice hockey team will play Switzerland in the quarter finals of the World Championships after a few bumps in the road to winning Group B.

Sebastian Aho
Sebastian Aho Image: Tomi Hänninen

It's been up and down for Finland in the world championships in Denmark, but the pride of the country's men's ice hockey community are now through to the quarter finals where they'll take on Switzerland.

The Lions demolished the United States 6-2 on Monday afternoon thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Carolina Hurricanes left wing Sebastian Aho.

That followed a 5-1 win over Canada, but also 3-2 defeats to both Denmark and Germany, underdogs the Finnish team expected to beat easily.

With nine goals and 8 assists so far Aho is top scorer in the tournament and in blistering form as his team heads into the knockout phase.

According to Ilves forward Marko Anttila, the Lions aren't worried about their form.

"It's important that we know that our game is in good shape," Anttila told Yle after the USA match. "Our task is to make it show every day."

Unlike in North America, the world championship tournament is an annual post-May Day festival of hockey in Finland with much of the nation grinding to a halt to cheer on their heroes.

The Finns take on Switzerland on Thursday at 9:15pm Finnish time.

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