Finland claimed their first IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship title since 2011 courtesy of a 3-1 win over Canada in Sunday's final.

Kaapo Kakko, 18, scored twice for Finland, although his opener was cancelled out by Jonathan Marchessault in the first period.

But Arttu Ilomaki's goal gave Finland a third-period lead before Kakko's empty-netter in the final minute.

It was Finland's third tournament win and second straight when the event has been held in Slovakia, repeating their 2011 success.

Kakko, touted as a potential number one pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, praised his team's fight.

"It was such a great feeling out there, and our fans were so unbelievable," Kakko said.

"The team battled really well."

In the battle for third place, Russia recorded a 3-2 shoot-out victory over the Czech Republic.

Italy secured their place in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship for another season after a shoot-out victory over Austria.

Both sides went into Monday's Group B clash knowing the loser would be relegated.

With the scores level at 3-3 thanks to Michael Raffl's third-period goal for Austria, the deadlock could not be broken in overtime, but thanks to Andreas Bernard's superb save in the shoot-out, Italy were able to clinch the victory when Sean McMonagle found the net.

The result means Austria will be in Division I Group A for the 2020 campaign. France will also be there too, after they went down 4-3 to Great Britain.

Ben Davies struck just over two minutes into overtime for Britain, meaning France - who had led 3-0 before being pegged back - will not be in the top tier next year for the first time since 2008.

Also in Group A, Canada's emphatic 5-0 victory over Denmark lifted them into second place, behind Finland.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Jared McCann and Jonathan Marchessault had them 3-0 up inside 10 minutes, with Sam Reinhart's double adding further gloss for Canada.

Meanwhile, Dennis Rasmussen's effort with 34 seconds left on the clock proved decisive as Sweden ensured their place in the last eight by beating Group B rivals Latvia 5-4.


Defending champions Sweden continued their impressive form at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, while Canada were also victorious on Thursday.

After losing their Group B opener, Sweden – winners of the past two editions of the tournament – have cruised to three straight victories, the latest of which was a 9-1 thrashing of Austria.

NHL trio Elias Lindholm, Elias Pettersson and Gabriel Landeskog each finished with a goal and two assists in their latest comprehensive win.

The Czech Republic joined Sweden with three wins from four by beating Latvia 6-3.

In Group A, Canada – who claimed back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 – recorded a 5-2 win over France.

Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault had two assists for Canada, who also have three wins from four.

Finland sit second in the group and are well-placed to reach the quarter-finals after overcoming Denmark 3-1.

Alex Ovechkin helped Russia continue their impressive start to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, while the United States claimed a win on Wednesday.

Russia made it four wins from four in Group B with a 10-0 thrashing of Italy in Slovakia.

Washington Capitals star Ovechkin scored his first goal of the tournament, while Nikita Kucherov (one goal, three assists) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (two goals, two assists) each finished with four points.

Russia and Switzerland are the only unbeaten teams in the group after the latter overcame Norway 4-1.

In Group A, Patrick Kane scored and provided two assists in USA's 6-3 win over Great Britain.

The Chicago Blackhawks star became USA's all-time leading scorer at the tournament with 36 points.

It was USA's third win in four games and left them behind Germany, who maintained their perfect start by edging hosts Slovakia 3-2.

Germany and Switzerland maintained their perfect starts to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship with wins on Tuesday.

Moritz Seider, Matthias Plachta, Leon Draisaitl and Korbinian Holzer scored in Germany's 4-1 win over France in Group A.

Germany are three from three atop the group, but their toughest games are still to come in Slovakia.

Denmark recorded their second win in the group, thrashing struggling Great Britain 9-0.

The Washington Capitals' Lars Eller scored once and provided three assists, while Morten Poulsen finished with a hat-trick to boost the Danes' quarter-final chances.

In Group B, last year's runners-up Switzerland posted their third win in as many games by beating Austria 4-0.

Latvia claimed their second win in the group courtesy of a 3-0 victory over bottom-placed Italy.

Dylan Larkin struck in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Finland, while Russia maintained their perfect record in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Monday.

Larkin took a long pass from Quinn Hughes and settled a tense encounter with 63:47 on the clock at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Defeat for Finland was the Group A leaders' first of the tournament and came after they had rallied from 2-0 down with goals from Harri Pesonen and Niko Ojamaki.

Russia made it three wins from three to sit pretty at the top of Group B, beating the Czech Republic 3-0 in in Bratislava.

Sergei Andronov, Nikita Gusev and Nikita Zaitsev were on target, while Andrei Vasilevski produced an outstanding display of goaltending.

Norway are rooted to the bottom of Group B after they were hammered 9-1 by ruthless Sweden.

Canada sit third in Group A following an almighty battle with Slovakia, Mark Stone snatching a 6-5 victory on the power play with only 1.8 seconds of regulation time remaining.

The Czech Republic stunned reigning IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship holders Sweden, while Slovakia defeated the United States on the opening day.

Eyeing a third consecutive title, Sweden suffered a 5-2 defeat against the Czechs in Group B in Bratislava on Friday.

The defeat snapped Sweden's 17-game winning streak, dating back to May 2017.

"They play great system hockey, but I think we played better," said Czech forward Filip Chytil. "We scored more goals, so we're happy for that."

Elsewhere in Group B, Russia claimed a 5-2 victory over Norway.

Host nation Slovakia opened their campaign with a 4-1 victory over USA thanks to goals from Matus Sukel, Erik Cernak, Tomas Tatar and Michal Kristof in Group A.

Meanwhile, Finland were too good for Canada following a 3-1 win.

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