Luca Hollenstein made 41 saves and Switzerland stunned Sweden 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the world junior hockey semifinals.

Yannick Bruschweiler scored in the first period and Luca Wyss connected in the second in the final second of a power play.

Sweden lost after winning all four of its Group B games to run its round-robin winning streak to 48 games. Switzerland finished fourth in Group A, beating only overmatched Denmark.

In the other quarterfinals Wednesday night, the United States faced the Czech Republic, defending champion Canada played Finland, and Group A winner Russia met Slovakia.

In regulation play in Vancouver, Kazakhstan beat Denmark 4-3 in Game 1 of the best-of-three series.

Oleg Boiko, Yemar Musabayev, Sayan Daniyar and Artur Gatiyatov scored for Kazakhstan, and Demid Yeremeyev made 40 saves. Jonas Rondbjerg, Andreas Grundtvig and Malte Setkov countered for Denmark, its first goals of the tournament after being outscored 26-0 in four round-robin games.

The series loser will drop to Division I. Germany advanced from Division I for 2020.

Switzerland's Luca Wyss, right, celebrates his goal past Sweden with teammates Sandro Schmid and Matthew Verboon during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Victoria, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland’s Luca Wyss, right, celebrates his goal past Sweden with teammates Sandro Schmid and Matthew Verboon during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Victoria, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Kazakhstan goalie Demid Yeremeyev (30) makes a save as Denmark's Gustav Green watches during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Kazakhstan goalie Demid Yeremeyev (30) makes a save as Denmark’s Gustav Green watches during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland's Sandro Schmid fights for control of the puck with Sweden's Jacob Olofsson (18) and Sweden's David Gustafsson (27) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Victoria, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland’s Sandro Schmid fights for control of the puck with Sweden’s Jacob Olofsson (18) and Sweden’s David Gustafsson (27) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Victoria, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland's Matthew Verboon flies through the air as he tries to get a shot on Sweden goaltender Samuel Ersson (30) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Victoria, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland’s Matthew Verboon flies through the air as he tries to get a shot on Sweden goaltender Samuel Ersson (30) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Victoria, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Source: The Associated Press

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