MOSCOW, May 13. /TASS/. The United States national ice hockey team dominated the ice of the Yubileiny Arena on Friday afternoon in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg defeating team Hungary 5-1 in a group stage match of the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
Following the scoreless first period the US squad put three pucks into the net of the Hungarian team before retreating for the break ahead of the closing third period.
Having increased the dominance over the Hungarians with two more goals in the third period, team USA was not careful enough in the closing minute of the match and allowed the opponents to draw the curtain in the match scoring a goal to leave the final score at 5-1.
Team USA plays its next game against Germany on Sunday, while the Hungarian team has no day to spare and takes on Belarus on Saturday afternoon.
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.