MOSCOW, May 6. /TASS/. Reigning World Champions Canada started the 2016 IIHF World Championship, which kicked off on Friday in Russia, with the confident 5-1 victory over the team USA in St. Petersburg.
Although the score was opened by the United States early into the opening period, Canada responded minutes later to tie the score and then scored another goal to retire for the break with 2-1 advantage.
Team USA, who are the bronze medalists of the 2015 IIHF World Championship, were scoreless in the second period. Their rivals, however, netted another goal to increase their dominance to 3-1 before going into period 3, which saw Canadiens scoring two more goals.
The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are held in the Russian capital of Moscow and in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22.
A total of 16 national teams, qualified to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, were divided into two groups. The 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in Moscow hosts the matches of Group A, which comprise the teams from Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.
The 6,000-seat Yubileiny Arena hosts the matches of Group B teams, which are from Canada, Finland, the United States, Slovakia, Belarus, France, Germany and Hungary.
The United States will play their next game against Belarus on May 7, and Canada will take on Hungary on May 8.