RIGA, Latvia — Jussi Olkinuora made 29 saves, Iiro Pakarinen and Atte Ohtamaa scored and defending champion Finland beat america 2-1 on Saturday of their opening recreation on the planet hockey championship.
“It is a good begin to the match, however we will enhance numerous issues,” Pakarinen stated.
Jason Robertson scored for the People, and Cal Petersen stopped 27 photographs.
“This was an important take a look at for us, to see the place we match up towards the reigning world champs,” Petersen stated. “I feel it was nice for us to start out off towards top-of-the-line, see the place we match up, see the issues we have to do higher, after which proceed to hold optimistic momentum ahead.”
The U.S. will face Canada – a 2-0 loser to host Latvia on Friday – on Sunday.
Within the different Group B recreation Saturday, 19-year-old Lukas Reichel had a objective and an help and Germany beat Norway 5-1 to enhance to 2-0.
In Group A, Nicklas Jensen had a hat trick and Denmark beat Sweden for the primary time within the occasion, successful 4-3.
Timo Meier and Gregory Hofmann every scored twice to assist Switzerland beat the Czech Republic 5-2, Anton Burdasov scored twice in Russia’s 7-1 victory over Britain, and Roman Starchenko had the shootout winner in Kazakhstan’s 3-2 victory over Latvia.