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USA two from two, Finland start in style

May 6 2018 12:47 AM

The United States made it two wins from two on the second day of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, while Finland got their campaign under way with a big victory.

USA top Group B after they defeated hosts Denmark 4-0 on Saturday as Cam Atkinson – their shoot-out hero against Canada on Friday – was on the scoresheet again.

Chris Kreider also impressed by scoring one and assisting another, with Will Butcher and Nick Jensen netting the other goals as USA moved onto five points ahead of their next fixture against Germany.

Finland were semi-finalists last year, dumping the Americans out in the last eight, and they began their 2018 challenge with a commanding 8-1 defeat of South Korea.

Sebastian Aho was the star of the show with two goals and two assists, but Finland are expecting tougher tests in this pool.

"The first game is the hardest game of the tournament," said Kasperi Kapanen." I think we did the things we talked about doing before the game, stuck to our structure. We have to be better [on Sunday] since it will be a better team [in Latvia]."

Overtime was required as Latvia beat Norway 3-2, Czech Republic downed Slovakia 3-2 and Switzerland saw off Austria by the same scoreline, but France enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 win over Belarus.

Having been routed 7-0 by Russia on the opening day, France were delighted to bounce back against Belarus.

Captain Stephane da Costa said: "[Russia] was a tough game and the result was a little too embarrassing, a bit too much, so this was a very important game for us."

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