USA Shocked Defending Champions Finland to Open Men’s Ice Hockey World Cup | Ice Hockey

The United States defeated defending champion Finland 4-1 to open the ice hockey world championships on Friday.

Alex Tuch scored two goals and Drew O’Çonnor had a goal and two assists to lead the US. Cutter Ganthier also scored and goalie Casey DeSmith made 23 saves in Tampere.

Teemu Hartikainen gave the hosts a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a power play before Ganthier equalized from left circle in the second.

O’Çonnor and Tuch completed the rally midway through the final period. Tuch scored his second to an empty goal.

In Riga, MacKenzie Weeger scored one goal and added two assists to lead Canada as they defeated hosts Latvia 6-0 in their opener.

Lawson Crouse, Scott Laughton, Samuel Blais, Joe Veleno and Jack McBain each scored a goal to warm up the 2022 runner-up. Samuel Montembeault made 23 saves for the shutout.

The Czech Republic beat Slovakia 3-2, also in Riga.

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Oscar Lindberg scored the lone goal on a power play as Sweden beat Germany 1-0 in Tampere.

Finland and Latvia are hosting the tournament after hosting rights were stripped from Russia due to the war in Ukraine. Tampere was one of the host cities last year and Riga played host in 2021.

Russia and its ally Belarus are excluded from the tournament for the second year in a row.

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