Kazakhstan gave mighty Canada a fright, leading twice in Helsinki. However, on a day disrupted by a fire alarm, the Canadians doused those flames to complete a fourth successive victory in Group A at the World Championship.

The game was delayed due to a small fire at the Helsinki Ice Hall, and at first it seemed that Canada was disconcerted by that hold-up. The Kazakhs grabbed a shock lead in the third minute, with Yegor Petukhov redirecting a Dmitry Gurkov shot into the net.

That lead didn’t last long. Canada tied it up 80 seconds later through Dylan Cozens, but Kazakhstan continued to threaten. A power play chance saw Roman Starchenko go close to restoring the lead and as Canada kept finding itself in the box, Arkady Shestakov managed to grab a second goal in the 13th minute, keeping the pressure firmly on the favorite. Once again, though, the lead was short-lived. A couple of minutes later Drake Batherson tied it up when he fired the puck home off the back of Andrei Shutov.

Late in the first period, Canada’s first power play of the game saw Adam Lowry give his team the lead for the first time.

From that point on, Kazakhstan was always chasing the game. Shutov posted a save of the tournament contender, absolutely robbing Kent Johnson with a sliding glove save in middle frame before Damon Severson extended the Canadian lead with the only goal of the second stanza.

However, Kazakhstan would not roll over. Midway through the third period, Kirill Savitsky made it a one-goal game once again. It took a power play tally from Cozens – his second of the night – to give Canada some breathing space. And Cozens had the last word when he completed his hat-trick on a late power play.

Prior to that game in Helsinki, Germany edged a 1-0 verdict over Denmark on a goal from Marc Michaelis midway through the game. Philipp Grubauer made 18 saves for his shut-out.

Latvia struggles against Czechs in Tampere

Latvia suffered a difficult evening against a Czechia with a point to prove. After losing to Austria for the first time ever, the Czechs were slammed as ‘shameful’ in their local media. Tonight, though, with David Pastrnak on the team for the first time in Tampere, they blasted back to form with a 5-1 win.

The first period saw five unanswered goals fly past Elvis Merzlikins in the Latvian net. The opener came after four minutes when former Amur forward Hynek Zohorna got his first of the tournament. Within a minute, it was 2-0 as Roman Cervenka struck on the power play, assisted by Pastrnak. The goals kept coming, and Pastrnak added the fifth at the end of an impressive opening stanza.

After the intermission, the Latvians improved and the middle frame was goalless. Early in the third, there was a consolation goal for Harijs Vitolins’ team thanks to Arturs Kulda. However, that was one of few highlights on a day when Kristaps Sotnieks played his 87th World Championship game for Latvia, setting a new appearance record for his country.

Earlier in the day, Team USA defeated Great Britain 3-0. It took almost half an hour for the Americans to make the breakthrough, but after that a pair of quick power play goals from Kieffer Bellows early in the third sealed a routine victory.

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