MOSCOW, May 6. /TASS/. Finland beat U.S. 3-2 in a Group B preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF World Championship at St. Petersburg’s Yubileiniy Arena on Monday.
Mikko Koivu, Antti Pihlstrom and Leo Komarov scored three goals for Finland. Frank Vatrano and Connor Murphy responded for the United States.
Finland ranks second in Group B, accumulating nine points in three games. The U.S. is fourth with three points.
On May 11 Finland plays Hungary and on May 12 the U.S. faces France.
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 comprises 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.