Swe­den beats Slo­vakia

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

De­fend­ing cham­pion Swe­den pre­vailed over Slo­vakia 4-3 in over­time for its fifth straight win at the ice hockey world cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day.

Den­mark kept alive its dream of ad­vanc­ing to the quar­ter­fi­nals by beat­ing South Korea 31, and Latvia re­mained in con­tention by down­ing Olympic run­ner-up Ger­many 3-1.

In a game of two win­less teams, Aus­tria shut out Be­larus 4-0 to sur­vive in the top divi- sion. Be­larus will be rel­e­gated.

Mika Zibane­jad scored the win­ner for Swe­den on a power play with 41 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Trail­ing 3-1, Marek Daloga and Ladislav Nagy scored for Slo­vakia to force over­time.

Vet­eran Frans Nielsen, Jes­per Jensen and Nich­las Hardt scored for host Den­mark, set­ting off rau­cous cel­e­bra­tions by the home fans in the Jyske Bank Boxen arena.

Kisung Kim scored his fourth goal in six matches but South Korea re­mained point­less with a game left.

Swe­den leads Group A in Copen­hagen with 14 points. Rus­sia has 10, one more than Switzer­land. The Czech Repub­lic has nine points, one more than Slo­vakia. Aus­tria has four.

Den­mark jumped to sec­ond in Group B in Herning with 11 points. Canada has 10, Latvia nine, the same as Fin­land. The United States leads the group with 13 points.

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