Canada, Slovakia reach World Hockey semis

May 6, 2004 at 6:16 PM

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 6 (UPI) -- Canada defeated Finland 5-4 in overtime and Slovakia beat Switzerland 3-1 Thursday to reach the semifinals of the World Hockey Championships.

The Canadians go against unbeaten Slovakia and the United States plays Sweden in the semis Saturday.

Canada's Dany Heatley, a center from the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, scored two goals, including the game-winner from near the blue line.

Finland quickly jumped ahead of the Canadian team on goals by Ville Peltonen and Tomi Kallio, but Canada responded with goals by Heatley and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, all in the first period.

Finland regained the lead on a goal by Ollie Jokinen in the second period, but Canada tied it at 3-3 with less than a minute remaining in the period on a shot by defenseman Eric Brewer.

Each team scored again in the third, Finland when Canada's goaltender, Robert Luongo, accidentally kicked the puck into his own net after a shot by Kimmo Rintanen, and Canada on a shot by Steve Staios.

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