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Unified Team rolls; Czechs top Sweden

An old foe with a new name will get a shot at the United States in Olympic hockey. Sweden won't.

The world champion and top seed, Sweden was upset 3-1 by Czechoslovakia in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

"Our older players, they were really motivated for this tournament because it could be the last chance for them to get a gold medal," Swedish assistant coach Curt Lundmark said. "We were here as the favorites, and we knew it. I think our older players are the most disappointed."

Otakar Janecky snapped a third-period tie and Petr Briza made 29 saves for Czechoslovakia (5-1), the only team to beat both co-favorites _ Sweden and the Unified Team. Czechoslovakia advanced to Friday's semifinal against Canada (5-1).

The Swedes, who scored three goals in the final period to tie the United States in the preliminary round finale, are out.

Waiting for the United States in Friday's semifinals, though, is the Unified Team _ in other words, the former Soviet republics, and they looked as powerful as their predecessor Wednesday.

The Unified Team (5-1) advanced with a 6-1 victory over Finland. Friday, in a match filled with coincidences, it plays the United States (5-0-1), the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

The last time the teams met in the medal round was 1980, when the Unified Team played under the Soviet flag and the U.S. team pulled off the Miracle on Ice _ beating the Soviets 4-3 and then defeating Finland to win the gold.