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Andrighetto Scores as Switzerland Falls to Sweden

Canada earns victory against Germany, Russia remains perfect

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Sweden (4) vs. Switzerland (3)

Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto scored his second goal of the 2019 IIHF World Championship for Switzerland on Saturday.

The Swiss (4-0-0-1) fell 4-3 to Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog and Team Sweden at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

It was a back and forth affair with both teams leading at different points of the game. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) scored the game-winner for Sweden 1:20 after Switzerland's Gaetan Haas tied the game at 3-3 midway through the final frame of regualation.

Sweden's William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) had a goal and two assists and now leads the tournament with 13 points (four goals, nine assists).

Andrighetto finished the game with a tally in six shots on goal in 19:54 of ice time while Landeskog recorded one shot on goal in 18:51 of ice time in the contest for Sweden.

Sweden and Switzerland each has 12 points through five games and arer tied with Czech Republic for second in Group B.

Switzerland faces Russia on Sunday while Team Sweden returns to action against Latvia on Monday.

Canada (8) vs. Germany (1)

Team Canada earned their fourth victory of the tournament with an 8-1 win over Germany on Saturday at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia. It was Germany's first loss of the tournament.

The Canadians took the lead early and never looked back in the win. Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators) scored just 2:01 into the contest before Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) recorded a hat trick. Dylan Strome (Chicago Blackhawks) also added three assists as Canada outshot the Germans 49-16 in the outing.

Avalanche forward Tyson Jost registered four shots on goal in 9:44 of ice time and finished with a plus-1 rating. Through four games, he has two assists and is a plus-4. Colorado's German goaltender Philipp Grubauer did not dress for the matchup.

Canada and Germany are now tied for second in Group A with 12 points apiece. Finland leads the group with 13 points.  

Germany faces the United States (3-1-0-1) on Sunday and Canada will have a day off before playing Denmark (1-1-0-3) on Monday.

Russia (3) vs. Latvia (1)

Russia (5-0-0-0) beat Latvia (2-0-0-3) 3-1 at Ondrej Nepela Arena on Saturday to remain the only undefeated team at the tournament.

Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and assist in the victory for Russia and he is now second at the 2019 World Championship with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in five games at the tournament.

Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) made 26 saves to earn his tournament-leading fourth game for his home country. Team Russia outshot Latvia 33-27 in the win.

"Of course a game like that feels a bit like a playoff game," Colorado's Russian defenseman Nikita Zadorov told IIHF.com after the contest. "Latvia has a good team, well-drilled, disciplined. They fought to the end. It was hard work and [Vasilevskiy] kept us in it at times. It could have gone the other way today."

Zadorov logged 8:29 in the victory and received 12 penalty minutes at the end of the second period for boarding.  

Russia has 15 points to lead Group B and plays its sixth game of group play on Sunday against Switzerland (4-0-0-1).

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