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World Hockey Championship: Recap

2022 IIHF WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP: DAY 1 RECAP

MAY 13, 2022  (16H17)      COOPER GODIN
Day 1 at the 2022 IIHF World Hockey Championship has come to a close and the tournament opened with four games.

In the morning games, Slovakia defeated France 4-2 and the United States beat Latvia 4-1.

Slovakia held a 2-0 lead, then France stormed back to tie it at 2-2. Samuel Takac gave Slovakia a 3-2 lead late in the second period and Pavol Regenda scored an empty netter in the third period, his second goal of the game, to seal the victory for the Slovaks.

Top draft prospects Juraj Slafkovsky and Simon Nemec also factored in three of Slovakia's goals. Slafkovsky had a pair of assists, while Nemec had one.

Slovakia's goals: Pavol Regenda (x2), Samuel Takac, Tomas Tatar.
France's goals: Jordann Perret, Anthony Rech.

The United States went up 4-0 less than a minute into the second period after a three-goal first. Early in the third period, Latvia scored their only goal of the game to cut the United States' lead to three.

United States' goals: Seth Jones, Riley Barber, Thomas Bordeleau, Sam Lafferty.
Latvia's goal: Andris Dzerins.

In the afternoon games, the defending gold medalists Canada defeated Germany by a score of 5-3, while the hosts, Finland, shutout their Nordic rivals, Norway, by a score of 5-0.

Pierre-Luc Dubois led the way for Canada, potting two goals, while Germany kept it close thanks to a three-point effort from Calder Trophy nominee Moritz Seider.

Canada's goals: Pierre-Luc Dubois (x2), Noah Gregor, Kent Johnson, Cole Sillinger.
Germany's goals: Moritz Seider, Marc Michaelis Matthias Plachta.

Finland was led by Toni Rajala, who had a three-point game, while Jussi Olkinuora made 20 saves to record a shutout and earn the victory. Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia, who is one of only a few NHLers on Finland's roster, had a powerplay goal and an assist.

Finland's goals: Toni Rajala, Hannes Bjorninen, Harri Pesonen, Jere Sallinen, Joel Armia.

Saturday's schedule
Denmark vs Kazakhstan - 5:20 a.m. ET
Sweden vs Austria - 5:20 a.m. ET
Switzerland vs Italy - 9:20 a.m. ET
Czechia vs Great Britain - 9:20 a.m. ET
Slovakia vs Germany - 1:20 p.m. ET
Latvia vs Finland - 1:20 p.m. ET

Stay tuned for coverage of the 2022 IIHF World Hockey Championship from May 13th to May 29th on Markerzone.com!