The 2014 IIHF World Championships got underway in Minsk, Belarus today. There were 4 teams from each group in action.
Team Czech Republic moves into a tie for the top of Group A with the win. The Czech Republic will be back in action against Team Sweden on May 11 while Team Slovakia will play Team Canada tomorrow.
In the other Group A game, Team France stunned Team Canada with a 3-2 shootout win. Assistant Coach Pete DeBoer’s squad had won their previous 9 tournament openers in a row but lost 1-0 in the shootout period. Due to the OT loss, they come away with a point and are tied with Slovakia for 3rd.
The French will play on May 11th against Team Italy and Team Canada plays Team Slovakia tomorrow.
In Group B action, Team USA floored Team Belarus in a decisive 6-1 victory. Albany Devils defender Raman Hrabarenka is playing for Team Belarus this tournament.
The Americans are back in action tomorrow against Team Switzerland while Team Belarus faces off against Team Kazakhstan on Sunday.
In the other Group B game, Team Switzerland was shutout by Team Russia, 5-0. Damien Brunner is playing for Team Switzerland again after playing for them in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Swiss play the aforementioned Americans tomorrow.