May 5, 2013 / 11:34 PM / 6 years ago

Swiss claim Canada's scalp as Russia march on

Switzerland's goalie Martin Gerber (L) and Severin Blindenbacher (R) fight for the puck with Sweden's Jimmie Ericsson during their 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match at the Globe Arena in Stockholm May 3, 2013. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

(Reuters) - Switzerland took another big scalp at the ice hockey world championships on Sunday, beating Canada 3-2 after a penalty shootout in Stockholm.

Goalkeeper Martin Gerber displayed nerves of steel in front of the Swiss net and Reto Suri converted twice in the shootout for Switzerland.

The Swiss had already beaten co-hosts Sweden in their opening game.

In Helsinki, Ilya Kovalchuk’s hat-trick helped Russia to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Germany as the defending champions maintained their grip on top spot in their group.

The United States came back from a goal down to beat Latvia 4-1, twice punishing the Latvians with powerplay goals, and Damien Fleury netted his second goal of the tournament as France beat Austria 3-1 in other games in the Finnish capital.

In Stockholm, Belarus registered their first win of the tournament as they edged out Slovenia 4-3 thanks to a late goal from forward Alexei Ugarov.

Norway wasted no time in taking the upper hand against Nordic neighbors Denmark as Mats Trygg scored in the second minute to put his team ahead.

The Danes fought back to 2-2 in the third period, but a Patrick Thoresen goal with 2:32 left on the clock sealed the victory for Norway.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor in Stockholm,; Editing by Gene Cherry

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