Sweden faces a familiar foe Saturday, Jan. 3, when it takes on Slovakia in the semifinals of the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Slovakia stunned the United States Jan. 2, beating the Americans 5-3 in the quarterfinals behind the red-hot goaltending of Jaroslav Janus, who stopped 44 of 47 shots. Adam Bezak, Tomas Tatar and Jozef Molnar had first-period goals for Slovakia, Richard Panik added one in the third, and Tatar had an empty-net goal with 2:14 left.
The victory was Slovakia's first over the United States in nine meetings in the event.
Sweden played Slovakia in the opening round of the tournament, notching a 3-1 win.
Faceoff is set for 3:30 p.m. TSN plans to show the game in its entirety.
Canada plays Russia in the second semifinal. The two winners meet Monday in the gold medal game.