Day 2 at the 2022 IIHF World Hockey Championship was a busy one, with six games and 32 goals scored in total.
The first games of the day got underway at 5:20 a.m. ET/12:20 p.m. local time in Finland. In Group A, Denmark battled Kazakhstan, while in Group B, Sweden took on Austria.
Denmark, led by Joachim Blichfield who had a hat trick, blew out Kazakhstan, 9-1. For his part, Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers tallied three assists.Denmark's goals:
Patrick Bjorkstrand, Felix Scheel, Joachim Blichfield (x3), Frederik Storm, Julian Jakobsen, Oliver Larsen, Peter Regin.Kazakhstan's goal:
Austria kept things close in their first game in the top division since 2019, with Sweden taking the game, 3-1.Sweden's goals:
Joel Kellman, Max Friberg, Joakim Nordstrom.Austria's goal:
In the second round of games beginning at 9:20 a.m. ET/4:20 p.m. local, Switzerland took on Italy and Czechia faced Great Britain.
New Jersey Devils defenceman Jonas Siegenthaler had three assists as the Swiss downed Italy, 5-2. Italy's goaltender Andreas Bernard made 42 saves in the game.Switzerland's goals:
Denis Malgin, Andreas Ambuhl, Calvin Thurkauf (x2), Nico Hischier.Italy's goals:
Daniel Glira, Dante Hannoun.
The first half of the Czechia-Great Britain game was scoreless, despite several scoring chances on each side. Czechia ultimately came away with a 5-1 victory, but Great Britain's netminder Ben Bowns made 29 saves to keep his team in it. Projected top-ten pick this summer David Jiricek scored for Czechia.Czechia's goals:
Matej Blumel (x2), Jakub Flek, David Jiricek, Jiri Cernoch.Great Britain's goal:
In the two afternoon games (1:20 p.m. ET/8:20 p.m. local), Juraj Slafkovsky and Slovakia took on Tim Stutzle and Germany, while Mikael Granlund played his first game of the tournament against Latvia.
Mathias Plachta scored his second goal of the tournament less than two minutes into the second period, while Leonhard Pfoderl potted his first to make it 2-0 Germany. Later in the period, Kristian Pospisil scored to cut the lead to one. Germany would hold on to earn their first win of the tournament by a score of 2-1.Germany's goals:
Mathias Plachta, Leonhard Pfoderl.Slovakia's goal:
In Tampere, Finland got a massive boost to their lineup in the way of Nashville Predators forward Mikael Granlund. Granlund made an immediate impact, getting a goal and an assist as Finland won their second game of the tournament, 2-1 over Latvia.Finland's goals:
Sakari Manninen, Mikael Granlund.Latvia's goal:
Rudolfs Balcers.Sunday's schedule
Italy vs Canada - 5:20 a.m. ET/12:20 p.m. local
Norway vs Great Britain - 5:20 a.m. ET/12:20 p.m. local
Austria vs United States - 9:20 a.m. ET/4:20 p.m. local
France vs Kazakhstan - 9:20 a.m. ET/4:20 p.m. local
Denmark vs Switzerland - 1:20 p.m. ET/8:20 p.m. local
Czechia vs Sweden - 1:20 p.m. ET/8:20 p.m. local
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