Olympic gold medallists Finland and defending champions Canada loved opening day victories on the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

Hosts Finland started Group B in spectacular vogue by recording a 5-0 win over Norway on the new Nokia Area in Tampere.

Harri Pesonen gave Finland a 1-0 lead within the first interval in entrance of 11,413 spectators on the 13,455-capacity venue.

Toni Rajala and Hannes Bjorninen prolonged Finland’s benefit within the second interval, earlier than efforts from Joel Armia and Jere Sallinen sealed a gap day triumph.

Finland are searching for their fourth world title, with the staff seeking to avenge their 2021 loss within the last to Canada.

America had been additionally winners in Group B in the present day, overcoming Latvia 4-1.

First interval targets from Riley Barber, Seth Jones and Thomas Bordeleau gave the US a 3-0 benefit, which was added to by Sam Lafferty.

Andris Dzerins third interval objective proved solely a comfort for Latvia.

Defending champions Canada proved too sturdy for Germany in Group A on the Helsinki Ice Corridor.

Cole Sillinger, Kent Johnson, Noah Gregor and a brace from Pierre-Luc Dubois helped Canada set up a 5-1 lead.

Hosts Finland proved too strong for Norway in Tampere ©Getty Images
Hosts Finland proved too sturdy for Norway in Tampere ©Getty Photographs

Matthias Plachta and Moritz Seider scored within the third interval to scale back the deficit for Germany, however Canada held on for a 5-3 victory.

The opening match of the event noticed Slovakia earn a 4-2 win over France in Group A, with Pavol Regenda scoring the primary and last targets of the match to assist his staff triumph.

France and Austria are competing within the event as replacements for Belarus and Russia, who had been banned by the IIHF in response to the struggle in Ukraine.

A late venue change was additionally required for the World Championships, with the Helsinki Ice Corridor chosen as a substitute for the Helsinki Halli.

The Helsinki Halli is run by Helsinki Halli Oy, whose homeowners included Russia’s Roman Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko.

Each Rotenberg and Timchenko have been focused with sanctions.