A goal from Lightning forward Martins Karsums was not enough for the Latvians to overcome their counterparts from the United States as Team USA downed Latvia 4-2 at Postfinance Arena in Berne during the second day of action at the 2009 IIHF World championships.
Karums gave Latvia their second lead of the game 6:39 into the second period. The Latvians had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Herberts Vasiljevs. Jack Johnson tied the game at one for the USA later in the first. After Karsums gave Latvia the lead in the second, the United States got three unanswered goals from Drew Stafford, Patrick O’Sullivan and another from Johnson for the win.
Down the road in Kloten, at Zurich-Kloten Arena, Karri Ramo served as the back-up netminder as Finland shut out Norway, 5-0. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne made the start in goal for the Fins and made 30 saves.
In the late game at Postfinance Arena Sweden trounced Austria, 7-1. Lightning prospect Johan Harju had a goal and an assist to aid the Swedes to the victory. Harju recorded 15:29 in ice time and a plus-3 rating with three shots on goal. Former Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist made 30 saves for Sweden.