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Belarus blanks France 3-0 in group stage finale of 2016 IIHF World Championship

May 17, 18:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Winning two out of seven matches played, Belarus eventually finished in 6th place of its Group B leaving behind France and Hungary in 7th and 8th places respectively
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MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. The Belarusian national ice hockey team skated past France to 3-0 victory of their final group stage match of the 2016 IIHF World Championship played on late Tuesday afternoon in Russia’s St. Petersburg.

Following the scoreless opening period Belarus opened the score with a goal delivered into the French net by forward Andrei Stas five minutes into the second period. His teammate Platt Geoff scored another goal for Belarus with little over a minute remaining in the period.

It was Stas again in the closing period after assisted by Charles Linglet he scored another goal increasing his team’s dominance to 3-0, which remained unanswered before the final siren of the match.

Winning two out of seven matches played, Belarus eventually finished in 6th place of its Group B leaving behind France and Hungary in 7th and 8th places respectively.

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.

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