Finland thrashed the Czech Republic to secure a semi-final berth ©IIHF

Finland set up an Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship semi-final clash with hosts and Olympic champions Canada after they thrashed the Czech Republic 5-0 in the quarter finals at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.

The 2015 bronze medallists were in ruthless form against the tournament’s surprise package, ending the fairytale story of the Czechs, who were competing in their first-ever quarter-final, with a dominant victory.

Michelle Karvinen was the star of the show for Finland as she scored twice and claimed an assist.

Riikka Valila, Tanja Niskanen, and Venla Hovi also got their names on the scoresheet to ensure they reached the last four.

They will go up against the home country in a repeat of the 2015 semi-final in Malmo, which Canada won 3-0.

“We’re playing better as a team this year [than last year]," said Finnish head coach Pasi Mustonen.

"Individually, the North Americans are better.

“Our only chance against them is if we have a good goalie game and we play with the right discipline.

“We know we can do it."

Russia will take on the United States in the last four after they beat Sweden 4-1
Russia will take on the United States in the last four after they beat Sweden 4-1 ©IIHF

In the other quarter-final clash to take place today, Olga Sosina’s double guided Russia to a commanding 4-1 win over Sweden.

The Russians, beaten by Finland in the bronze medal game last year, were largely in control of proceedings during the encounter with the Swedes and enjoyed comfortable progress to the last four, where they will meet defending champions the United States.

Valeria Pavlova and Tatyana Burina also found the net for Russia.

Johanna Olofsson netted Sweden’s consolation.

Russia were beaten by US, who have been in ominous form throughout the competition so far, in the 2015 semi-finals.

They be aiming for their first victory over the US when the semi-finals take place on Sunday (April 3).

Switzerland moved closer to retaining their place in the top-tier of the Women’s World Championships, claiming a 3-1 triumph over Japan in the opening match of the best-of-three relegation series.

The US, Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden have all earned qualification for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang by virtue of guaranteeing themselves a top six finish at the event.