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Berra, Switzerland Win Again

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

SWITZERLAND (5) VS. LATVIA (4)

Switzerland picked up its first regulation win of the 2016 IIHF World Championship on Wednesday, topping Latvia 5-4 at the Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.

The Swiss got off to a nice 3-0 lead after Nino Niederreiter registered consecutive power-play markers in the second period and Gregory Hofmann buried one at even strength to shock Latvia. But the Latvians struck back, recording two power-play tallies and an even-strength goal of their own to tie the game before the frame was up.

Both squads traded markers early in the third period, but it was Switzerland that would find twine for the final time, potting the game-deciding goal with just 1:29 remaining in the contest.

Swiss netminder Reto Berra won his second straight start in as many days, turning aside 13 shots in his 60 minutes of play.

Switzerland improved to 1-1-2-0 (seven points) in preliminary action. The team has two days off before taking on host-nation Russia (2-0-0-1) on Saturday.


SWEDEN (7) VS. KAZAKHSTAN (3)

Sweden outpaced Kazakhstan for the duration of the game on Wednesday, skating away with a lopsided 7-3 victory at the Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.

The Swedes managed three markers in the first period, another three tallies in the second and one more goal in the final frame to seal the victory.

Swedish rear guard Anton Lindholm did not skate in the contest. He remains on the practice roster and has yet to play at game at the tournament.

Sweden (2-1-0-1) is now tied with the Czech Republic (2-1-0-0) for first place in Group A. The Swedes have two days off before returning to action against Norway on Saturday.


FINLAND (3) VS. HUNGARY (0)

Finland maintained its perfect record at the 2016 World Championship after shutting out Hungary 3-0 on Wednesday at the Yubileiny Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

One goal in the second stanza and two in the third helped keep Hungary at bay, though the underdog managed to keep the score close in the face of a 48-shot barrage.

Finnish forward Mikko Rantanen did not skate in the match and remains on the practice roster. He has yet to play at game at the competition.

Finland is now 4-0-0-0 (12 points) and leads all teams at the tournament. The club has the next two days off before facing France on Saturday.

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