Olympic champions Finland earned their second successive win on the males’s Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship with Mikael Granlund scoring a late winner in opposition to Latvia.

The hosts had appeared on the right track for extra time on the Nokia Area in Tampere, after Sakari Manninen cancelled out an effort from Latvia’s Rudolfs Balcers.

Granlund struck with simply three minutes remaining of the third interval to finish the turnaround for Finland, sealing a 2-1 win in entrance of a neighborhood crowd of 11,483 on the new venue.

Finland lead the Group B standings with six factors, after successful their two matches on the opening days of the competitors.

The Czech Republic and Sweden joined america on three factors, following wins of their opening matches.

Matej Blumel scored twice because the Czech Republic earned a 5-1 victory over Britain, whereas Joel Kellman, Max Friberg and Joakim Nordstrom have been on course in Sweden’s 3-1 win in opposition to Austria.

Olympic bronze medallists Slovakia suffered a slender 2-1 defeat to Germany in Group A on the Helsinki Ice Corridor.

All three targets got here within the second interval with Matthias Plachta and Leonhard Pfoderl giving Germany a 2-0 benefit, earlier than Kristian Pospisil pulled one again for Slovakia.

The consequence leaves each nations with one win and a defeat from their opening two matches.

Germany earned a narrow win over Slovakia in Group A ©Getty Images
Germany earned a slender win over Slovakia in Group A ©Getty Photos

Germany and Slovakia are amongst 5 groups with three factors in Group A.

The standings are led by Denmark, who cruised to a 9-1 win over Kazakhstan of their opening match of the competitors.

Joachim Blichfeld scored a hat-trick for Denmark within the comfy victory.

Switzerland additionally started their marketing campaign strongly recording a 5-2 win over Italy.

Group matches are set to proceed till Might 24 in Finland, with the highest 4 in every group advancing to the quarter-finals.

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