Russia Needs Shootout To Beat Belarus; Finland Takes 2-1 Win Over Latvia
2008 IIHF World Championships
In Group F, No. 2 Finland defeated No. 6 Latvia, 2-1, in Friday’s early game at the Halifax Metro Centre. The Lightning’s Karri Ramo dressed but did not play behind starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom. Tampa’s Jussi Jokinen recorded no points and played 11:03. Finland outshot Latvia, 64-27. Finland will play Team USA, the third seed, on Sunday. Latvia faces No. 4 Norway, also on Sunday.
In the relegation round, Slovakia defeated Slovenia, 5-1, at the Halifax Metro Centre. In Quebec City, France defeated Italy, 3-2. French goaltender, Cristobal Huet, stopped 40 of 42 shots. Both teams will face each other again on Tuesday.