Finland thrash Norway as Slovakia secure crucial win

Finland maintained their 100 per cent record at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship thanks to a 7-0 thrashing of Norway.

Veli-Matti Savinainen and Teuvo Teravainen both scored - putting them on four goals apiece for the tournament - as the free-scoring Finns made it three wins from three in Group B.

The result sees them take over from the United States at the top of Group B, with Canada sitting in third place.

Latvia bounced back from their 8-1 loss at the hands of Finland in style, scoring five without reply to rout strugglers South Korea.

Captain Roberts Bukarts scored a pair of goals - the second of them a powerplay strike with just one second remaining in the one-sided contest - as Latvia moved up to fourth in the table.

In Group A, the Czech Republic came out on top in a shoot-out as they went the distance for a second time in the round-robin stage, topping Switzerland 5-4 after a see-saw game.

Michal Repik was the only player to find the net in the shoot-out after goaltender Pavel Francouz had starred for the Czechs.

Slovakia recorded a 4-2 win over Austria - a result that keeps alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-final stage of the competition for the first time since 2013.

Goals from Tomas Jurco and Christian Jaros broke open a 1-1 tie in the second period and while Austria halved the deficit through Peter Schneider, a late deflected effort from Michal Kristof into an empty net secured the win for Slovakia.

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