Finland shutout Britain to move top of Group A

Finland coasted to a 5-0 win over Great Britain at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship to return to the top of Group A on Friday.

Jussi Olkinuora made 12 saves in his first career start for his country as Finland overcame a goalless first period against an improved British defence to prevail.

Toni Rajala needed just 25 seconds to break the deadlock in the second, while Atte Ohtamaa and Joel Kiviranta also scored as Finland stamped their authority on proceedings.

Britain gave up an empty-netter to Kristian Kuusela and Mikko Lehtonen scored with the clock winding down to put Finland back above Germany, who have a game in hand.

Also in Group A, Slovakia ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over France.

Richard Panik scored the opening goal and provided two assists for Slovakia, who boosted their flagging quarter-final hopes with the win.

In Group B, Christian Bull celebrated a hat-trick as Norway won for the first time in this year's Championship thanks to a 5-3 result against Austria.

The Czech Republic, without a medal in the tournament since sealing bronze in 2012, hammered Italy 8-0 in the pool's other fixture – Michael Frolik managing a pair of goals and also assisting twice, while Dmitrij Jaskin also finished with two goals.

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