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.

 

The United States inched closer to a IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship quarter-final spot as Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane shone again in a 7-1 victory over Denmark.

Kane scored three points in the Group A success, as did Chicago team-mate Alex DeBrincat, with USA now virtually assured of a last-eight berth.

That would have been confirmed had hosts Slovakia not beaten Great Britain, but the hosts remain in the hunt after a convincing 7-1 triumph in which they scored three times in each of the first two periods.

With three of the top-four spots in Group A already sewn up, USA would join Finland, Canada and Germany in the quarter-finals if they beat the Germans on Sunday.

In Group B, Sweden's last-eight hopes were boosted by a thrilling 4-3 win over Switzerland in a repeat of last year's final.

Defending champions Sweden again came out on top thanks to Oliver Ekman-Larsson's game-winner in the third period.

Canada inflicted a first defeat on Germany, who went down 8-1 in Group A, while in Group B, Russia beat Latvia 3-1 and Norway overcame Italy 7-1.

Finland coasted to a 5-0 win over Great Britain at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship to return to the top of Group A on Friday.

Jussi Olkinuora made 12 saves in his first career start for his country as Finland overcame a goalless first period against an improved British defence to prevail.

Toni Rajala needed just 25 seconds to break the deadlock in the second, while Atte Ohtamaa and Joel Kiviranta also scored as Finland stamped their authority on proceedings.

Britain gave up an empty-netter to Kristian Kuusela and Mikko Lehtonen scored with the clock winding down to put Finland back above Germany, who have a game in hand.

Also in Group A, Slovakia ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over France.

Richard Panik scored the opening goal and provided two assists for Slovakia, who boosted their flagging quarter-final hopes with the win.

In Group B, Christian Bull celebrated a hat-trick as Norway won for the first time in this year's Championship thanks to a 5-3 result against Austria.

The Czech Republic, without a medal in the tournament since sealing bronze in 2012, hammered Italy 8-0 in the pool's other fixture – Michael Frolik managing a pair of goals and also assisting twice, while Dmitrij Jaskin also finished with two goals.

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.

Anthony Mantha scored twice and supplied three assists as Canada crushed Great Britain, while United States thrashed France at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Detroit Red Wings forward Mantha was in scintillating form as Canada bounced back from an opening defeat to Finland with an 8-0 victory in Group A.

Kyle Turris had two goals and an assist, and Britain coach Peter Russell replaced goaltender Ben Bowns with Jackson Whistle after Mantha rounded off the scoring in the third period.

USA scored three goals in the space of two first-period minutes en route to a 7-1 rout against France.

Alex DeBrincat and Colin White each grabbed a double and were two of six USA players who had two points in the match.

Both sides sit behind Germany, who kept pace with Finland at the top of Group A by beating Denmark 2-1.

Switzerland went to the summit of Group B with a 3-1 victory over Latvia, but Russia joined them on six points by overcoming Austria 5-0.

In Sunday's other game, Sweden scored six times in the final period to defeat Italy 8-0.

Switzerland dismantled newly promoted Italy 9-0 in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Saturday, while fellow new boys Great Britain were also beaten.

Italy and Britain were promoted from Division I last year but both came up short in their opening matches in the top tier, with the former, up against the Swiss, last year's runners-up, completely outclassed.

The Minnesota Wild's Kevin Fiala scored twice for Switzerland, with captain Raphael Diaz encouraged by their continued high standards throughout the game.

"I think we knew after 4-0 we had to keep going," he said. "We had to keep pressing, keep playing our game, keep hitting, keep shooting, those small details."

Meanwhile, Britain went down 3-1 to Germany after holding their opponents scoreless until the 40th minute.

The Czech Republic had upset holders Sweden on the opening day and were comfortable against Norway, winning 7-2.

Hosts Slovakia, who enjoyed a similarly impressive first-game defeat of the United States, came up short against Finland in the final game of the day, losing 4-2.

Denmark needed a shoot-out to beat France in Group A, while Latvia eased past Austria 5-2.

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