Day 4 of the 2014 IIHF World Championships saw more fluctuation in the standings of the two preliminary groups.
The early game of Group A saw France take on Slovakia. France saw themselves down 3-1 going into the third period but rattled off 4 goals in the final frame to take the 5-3 victory.
France now sits in a tie for second with Sweden at 5 points (1-1-0-1) but lose the tiebreaker due to games played (3-2). Slovakia (0-0-1-2) stalls at 1 point and is currently in 7th place with the worst goal differential in Group A (-6).
Canada continued to rebound off of their opening loss as they survived against the Czech Republic. 4-3. Canada had a 4-1 lead going into the third but the Czech Republic scored 2 goals to tighten the gap. They could not come away with the win as they have now lost their second straight.
Canada is now in first at 7 points (2-0-1-0). They are a point ahead of Norway, who had the day off, and have played one more game. The Czech Republic have stalled at 3 points (0-1-1-1) and remain in a tie for 5th with Italy. The Czech Republic have played one more than Italy.
The early game of Group B saw Belarus defeat Switzerland 4-3. Belarus scored the tying goal about halfway through the period and then followed up with the winning goal with about 2 minutes to play. With the win, Belarus moves into a tie for 2nd place with the United States at 6 points (2-0-0-1).
Switzerland has now lost their first three games, all in regulation (0-0-0-3). They are tied for last with Finland.
In the late Group B game, Russia crushed Team USA in a whopping 6-1 victory. Russia continues their offensive machine and now have a +12 goal differential and are in sole possession of first with 9 points (3-0-0-0).
Team USA (2-0-0-1) stalls at 6 points and are now joined by Belarus in a tie for second.
4 more games will take place tomorrow in Minsk:
(T-5) Italy vs (8) Denmark
(2) Norway vs (T-3) Sweden
(4) Germany vs (T-7) Finland
(5) Latvia vs (6) Kazakhstan