Six more games were recorded in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF World Championships Results.
In Group B action, Team USA scored 2 goals in the third period to take a 3-2 lead and hold on for the win against Switzerland. Damien Brunner scored one of the two Swiss goals as they now fall to 0-2 in the competition.
Switzerland is now tied with Belarus and Finland for last but the Swiss are the only team to have played 2 games out of the 3. Team USA is currently in 1st with 6 points (2-0-0-0) but have also played 2 games to this point.
Switzerland is back in action against Raman Hrabarenka and Team Belarus on Monday while Team USA plays Team Russia right after. Team USA and Team Russia will be meeting in a much anticipated rematch of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The other Group B games saw Latvia defeat Finland, 3-2, and Germany defeat Kazakhstan, 2-1, in a shootout. Latvia jumps into a tie with Russia for second at 3 points (1-0-0-0), while Germany sits in 4th at 2 points with the OT win (0-1-0-0). Kazakhstan sits in 5th at 1 point and 0-0-1-0 while Finland is tied for last.
The two winners, Latvia and Germany, will play each other tomorrow. Finland plays Russia tomorrow while Kazakhstan will play Belarus tomorrow.
Group A action saw Pete DeBoer’s Canada squad rebound from the upset yesterday and defeat Slovakia 4-1. Right now, Canada sits in first with 6 points (1-0-1-0), while Slovakia stalls in 6th with 1 point at 0-0-1-1.
Norway scored a goal a period to defeat Italy 3-0 while Sweden defeated Denmark 3-0 as well.
Norway and Sweden jumped into a tie for second at 1-0-0-0 and will both play tomorrow. Norway plays Denmark while Sweden will play Jaromir Jagr and the Czech Republic. Denmark and Italy are both tied for last at 0-0-0-1 and will also play tomorrow. Denmark has the aforementioned game while Italy will take on France.