Day 5 of the 2014 IIHF World Championships are in the books. Everyone in the competition has now played 3 games.
Group A action started off with Denmark taking on Italy in a showdown of the lesser teams in Group A. Denmark rattled off 3 straight goals to earn their first win of the competition, 4-1. Denmark is now in a 3-way tie for 5th (1-0-0-2) with Czech Republic and Italy who stalls and is in 7th due to tiebreakers. Denmark stands in 6th after tiebreakers.
In a matchup of the bigger teams in Group A, Sweden beat Norway after a third period goal was enough to give them a 2-1 win. Sweden (2-1-0-0) remains undefeated and is in first with 8 points, 1 ahead of Team Canada. Norway stalls at 6 points (2-0-0-1) and remains in 3rd place, 1 point ahead of Team France.
In Group B action, Finland took care of business against Germany in a 4-0 victory that was their first in the World Championships this year. Finland (1-0-0-2) now stands in 6th with 3 points. Germany stalls at 5 points (1-1-0-1) and sits in 5th place. They had a prime opportunity to jump ahead of a 3-way tie at 2nd place (6 points) but failed to do so.
The other Group B game saw Latvia squeak out the 5-4 win over Kazakhstan. Latvia scored early in the third after Kazakhstan pushed back and Latvia earned their 2nd win. Latvia (2-0-0-1) is one of the teams in the 3-way tie at 6 points for second place. They are in a true tie with Team USA as both teams have a goal differential of +1. Both have scored 10 and given up 9. Kazakhstan stalls at 1 point (0-0-1-2) and still sits in 7th place, 1 point ahead of Switzerland.
The 4-game action continues tomorrow in Minsk as these teams will be the first to play 4 games:
(T-5) Czech Republic vs (T-5) Italy
(8) Slovakia vs (3) Norway
(8) Switzerland vs (5) Germany
(1) Russia vs (7) Kazakhstan