Day 3 of the 2014 IIHF World Championship Results are in the books with six more games taking place in Minsk.
The Czech Republic and Sweden battled in a tough game that saw Sweden get a 3rd period goal to tie up the game and it would carry into the shootout. Sweden got the shootout goal they were looking for and got the OT win.
With the OT win, Sweden moves up to 2nd place in Group A with 5 points (1-1-0-0) and a +4 goal differential. The Czech Republic gain a point and are now tied for 4th with 3 points (0-1-1-0).
The team that they are tied with, Italy, won their game against France today with a 3rd period goal to seal the deal. Italy recovered from their regulation loss to get their record to 1-0-0-1. France, coming off of their upset against Canada, sit in 6th place with 2 points (0-1-0-1).
The last Group A game saw Norway and Denmark duke it out. Norway scored with 8 minutes remaining to take a 4-2 lead and the final would stand at 4-3. With their second regulation win, Norway now stands alone in 1st at 6 points (2-0-0-0). Denmark has now recorded 2 regulation losses and stalls at 0 points (0-0-0-2).
In Group B action, Team Russia defeated Finland, 4-2. 13,000+ fans saw Russia move back into a tie for first at 6 points with Team USA (2-0-0-0). Finland has now lost their first two games and are stuck in a tie for last at 0 points (0-0-0-2).
After Kazakhstan scored the first goal of the game, Belarus rattled off 4 straight goals to win 4-1. Playing in front of their home crowd, Belarus moved into a tie for 4th at 3 points (1-0-0-1). Kazakhstan stalled at 6th with 1 point (0-0-1-1).
Rounding out play on Sunday, Germany defeated Latvia 3-2 after scoring with just 5 minutes left to secure the win. With the loss, Latvia stays in a tie for 4th with Belarus at 3 points (1-0-0-1), while Germany moves into 3rd place with 5 points (1-1-0-0).
Only 4 games will take place tomorrow:
(7) Slovakia vs (6) France
(T-4) Czech Republic vs (3) Canada
(T-7) Switzerland vs (T-4) Belarus
(T-1) Russia vs (T-1) United States