Finland have qualified for the quarter-final stage of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, after Switzerland on Tuesday overcame Latvia 3—2 in their final preliminary round game to ensure Finland finished fourth in Group B. Had Latvia won the game, Finland would have faced elimination in the preliminary round of the annual tournament for the first time in 59 years.
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Instead, Finland will on Thursday face Canada in what is certain to prove a stern quarter-final test, Canada being among the perennial pre-tournament favourites and traditionally a difficult opponent for Finland.