The United States beat the Czech Republic 3-0 to advance to the ice hockey world championship semifinals on Thursday.

The Americans have been cruising through the tournament and picked up their eighth win in a row.

“This was a tough game and I am very proud of our team and how we stuck to our game plan,” USA Head Coach David Quinn said. “There is a real disinterest in our team and that has been evident from the beginning.”

Matt Coronato scored with a shot from the left circle that deflected off the skid of a Czech defender and into the net in the opening period as the Czechs managed just two shots on target.

Nick Perbix doubled the lead midway through the second with a shot into the top of the net to beat goalkeeper Karel Vejmelka.

Cutter Gauthier completed the scoring in the third with his seventh goal of the tournament.

Casey DeSmith made 15 saves for the shutout.

The quarterfinals were a repeat of last year’s bronze medal game, which the Czechs won 8-4.

USA's Matt Coronato, not pictured, scores the opening goal past Czech Republic goalie Karel Vejmelka during Thursday's quarterfinal match at the ice hockey world championships in Tampere, Finland.
USA’s Matt Coronato, not pictured, scores the opening goal past Czech Republic goalie Karel Vejmelka during Thursday’s quarterfinal match at the ice hockey world championships in Tampere, Finland. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

In the Latvian capital of Riga, Germany defeated favored Switzerland 3-1 to reach the semifinals.

Jonas Siegenthaler answered Germany’s first goal from Maximilian Kastner before John Peterka and Nico Sturm scored for the Germans.

Later on Thursday, Canada faced defending champion Finland in Tampere in a repeat of last year’s final, and Sweden played co-hosts Latvia in Riga.

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