Host Denmark upset Finland 3-2 Wednesday and defending champion Sweden stayed perfect at the ice hockey world championship, shutting out Austria 7-0 for its fourth straight victory.

Host Denmark upset Finland 3-2 Wednesday and defending champion Sweden stayed perfect at the ice hockey world championship, shutting out Austria 7-0 for its fourth straight victory.

Olympic runner-up Germany rebounded from three straight losses, handing newcomer South Korea a 6-1 defeat.

Switzerland recovered from a loss to the Czech Republic with a 5-2 victory over Belarus.

Forward Rickard Rakell scored twice and added an assist for Sweden to share the scoring lead with Finland forward Sebastian Aho. They have both scored five goals in four matches.

MattiasJanmark had a goal and two assists, Adrian Kempe and Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, and Gustav Nyquist and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.

Sweden leads Group A in Copenhagen with 12 points. Switzerland and Russia have nine while Austria is on one.

Denmark neutralized the Finnish firepower that scored 23 goals in the previous three games. Denmark’s victory was the second against Finland at the world championship.

“They played really well,” Aho said. “We had enough scoring chances to win this game, but they had a great goaltending and the way they played was hard for us to beat today.”

Finland outshot Denmark 35-17.

After a goalless opening period, Frans Nielsen broke the deadlock, giving the hosts the lead in Herning 2:28 into the second. Aho answered two minutes later but Oliver Bjorkstrand restored the surprise lead again. Captain Mikael Granlund equalized for Finland in the third, but NichlasHardt scored the winner with 1:59 left. Finland pulled goalkeeper Ville Husso but Denmark held firm.

“No matter how the tournament is going to finish, [this victory] will always be in my memory,” Nielsen said.

Finland still leads Group B with nine points after four games, the United States is a point behind and Canada trails by another point. Both the U.S. and Canada have a game in hand.

Denmark and Germany have five points.

Source –ESPN

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