Finland bounces back with steady win over Slovakia at world juniors

Oliver Kapanen and Joakim Kemell both scored and added an assist as Finland downed Slovakia 5-2 on Tuesday at the men's world junior hockey championship. Sweden also picked up a win, blanking Germany 1-0.

Canada off Tuesday after stunning 5-2 loss to Czechs in tournament opener

Two hockey players holding sticks on the outer hands appear to link inner arms as they fight for positioning on the ice.
Slovakia's Alex Ciernik, left, and Finland's Joakim Kemell, right, battle for position during the first period of Finland's 5-2 victory at the men's world junior hockey championship on Tuesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Oliver Kapanen and Joakim Kemell both scored and added an assist as Finland downed Slovakia 5-2 on Tuesday at the men's world junior hockey championship.

Jani Nyman also scored in Finland's three-goal second period. Sami Paivarinta and Brad Lambert chipped in as well.

Goalie Jani Lampinen made 22 saves a day after Finland (1-0-1) dropped a stunning 3-2 overtime decision to underdog Switzerland.

Peter Repcik scored in the first and third periods in Slovakia's first game of the tournament. Maxim Strbak assisted on both goals.

Patrik Andrisik started in net for Slovakia, stopping 11-of-15 shots in 33:56 of work. Matej Marinov turned aside 7-of-8 shots in relief.

Later Tuesday, Latvia faced Switzerland in Moncton and the Czech Republic met Austria in Halifax in the day's final game.

Canada was off after opening its tournament Monday with a 5-2 loss to the Czechs.

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After Canada was given a penalty for an illegal hit, the Czech Republic scored twice to put the game out of reach.

Tied 1-1 after one period, Kemell's slapshot from the far edge of the face-off circle 3:34 into the second period sparked Finland's three-goal outburst.

Kapanen scored the eventual winner a little over four minutes later, as he broke in on Slovakia's net, skated behind the goal, and tucked the wraparound to make it 3-1.

Nyman added to that lead at the 13:56 mark of the second. His low snap shot from a nearly identical spot as Kemell's goal made it 4-1 and chased Andrisik from net.

Sweden shuts out Germany

Carl Lindbom stopped all 28 shots he faced as Sweden blanked Germany to stretch the Scandinavian country's shutout streak to two games.

Adam Engstrom scored the only goal of the game in the dying seconds of the first period as Sweden (2-0-0) strengthened its hold on first in Group A.

Nikita Quapp turned aside 43 shots in net for Germany (0-1-0).

Swiss beat Latvians with late goal

Switzerland scored with under two minutes left in regulation time, then outscored Latvia 2-1 in the shootout to post a tough 3-2 victory.

Robin Louis and Rodwin Dionicio scored for Switzerland, while Darels Dukurs and Dans Locmelis responded for Latvia, who were outshot 30-18.

Switzerland now has two wins, opening with a 3-2 overtime win over Finland. Latvia is 0-2 having lost 5-2 to the United States in Monday's opener.

Czech Republic routs Austria

Jiri Kulich scored three goals as the Czech Republic cruised past Austria 9-0 in Halifax.

Gabriel Szturc had a pair of goals, and Jakub Brabenec, Petr Hauser, Ales Cech and David Spacek each scored. Stanislav Svozil had three assists.

The Czechs led 3-0 after the first period and took a 7-0 lead into the third. The Czech Republic (2-0-0) knocked off Canada 5-2 on Monday. Austria (0-2-0) lost 11-0 to Sweden on Monday.

Goalie Tomas Suchanek recorded the shutout and had two assists.

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