Ben Scrivens will start in goal for Team Canada against Finland Thursday in the quarter-finals of the world hockey championship in Belarus (1 p.m. ET).

Scrivens beat out James Reimer for the No. 1 goaltender job after they split games during the preliminary round.

"Tight decision, both of them played well," coach Dave Tippett said Thursday. "Just he's the guy we decided on."

Scrivens won all three of his starts at his first international tournament for Canada, putting up a 1.31 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage, second only to Kevin Lalande of Belarus, an Ottawa native.

Reimer lost the opener to France in a shootout, won his next three starts and had a 2.20 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Tippett hinted earlier in the week at Scrivens being the likely choice after Reimer started against Norway. Canada's coach mentioned the difficult schedule of four games in six days, and Scrivens not facing Norway gave him a chance to be fresh for Finland.

Thursday's winner will play the Czech Republic, which scored three second-period, power-play goals in beating the United States 4-3 in Thursday's quarter-final.

Tomas Rolinek answered Brock Nelson's power-play goal in the opening period and Tomas Hertl, Roman Cervenka and Ondrej Nemec all beat veteran goaltender Tim Thomas on power plays in less than 10 minutes in the middle period.

U.S. captain Justin Abdelkader received a five-minute penalty and was ejected from the game for a big hit on forward Vladimir Sobotka.

Tyler Johnson scored twice to reduce the deficit in the third but the U.S., bronze medallists last year, came up short.