Wednesday's games saw Germany finally find the win column, the United States rebounded with a big victory over the hosts and Sweden is starting to pick up steam.
GERMANY 2 - AUSTRIA 0
HELSINKI, Finland - So close in their first three games, Germany finally broke through in the win column as Mike Kink scored twice and Rob Zepp shut the door in a 2-0 victory over Austria on Wednesday.
A tightly contested game throughout, it took almost two full periods to see a goal. The Germans who were buzzing the Austria net all night finally found a way to beat Bernhard Starkbaum when Kink scored with three minutes left in the period.
The teams had some opportunities in the third with two power plays each but Zepp (finished with 27 saves) and Starkbaum stood strong. On a power play, Austria pulled Starkbaum for an extra attacker but Kink ended it with a shorthanded empty netter with nine seconds to play.
Florida forward Marcel Goc finished with three shots and won 68.4% of his draws (13-of-19) on 16:50 of ice time.
UNITED STATES 4 - FINLAND 1
HELSINKI, Finland - Playing right away after a tough loss might have been the possible thing for the United States. A day after falling to Russia, the Americans rebounded with a 4-1 victory over Finland.
The Finns actually got on the board first 5:53 into the game when Jarno Koskiranta beat Anaheim prospect John Gibson. That would be all the Finns could muster against the 19-year old as he turned aside 31 shots in the win.
While Gibson was turning shots aside on his end, Nashville's Craig Smith was providing the offense to give the US their third victory (in four games). Smith tied the game at one with 2:24 and it stayed that way until the third period.
Smith struck again for the eventual game-winner with a power play goal 3:22 into the final period. New Jersey's Stephen Gionta made it a two-goal game with 8:31 to play and Smith capped off his hat trick with an empty net goal with 42 seconds remaining.
Forward Nick Bjugstad finished a minus-1 on 11:16 of ice time while centering the fourth line.
SWEDEN 5 - NORWAY 1
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - After going with Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth in the last two games, Sweden returned to Jacob Markstrom for the start between the pipes and he rewarded them with their third straight victory as the Swedes downed Norway 5-1.
Markstrom wasn't as tested as Norway's netminder with Sweden constantly attacking the underdogs but he was big when he had to be in turning aside 20 shots for the victory to improve his record to 1-1. The only blemish on what could have been a shutout bid came in the second period where Marius Holtet when he scored with 8:07 to play.
Norway's goal cut Sweden's lead in half as the Gold and Blue held a 2-0 lead after the first period of play. Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog (9:26) and Dallas' Loui Eriksson (14:00) scored goals less than five minutes apart for the advantage.
Just a 2-1 game after two periods, Sweden pulled away by scoring goals 48 seconds apart when Andreas Jamtin and Elias Falth scored at the 4:11 and 4:59 mark. Landeskog ended it with an empty net goal with 3:27 to play.