France beats Slovakia at ice hockey worlds
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — France overcame Slovakia 5-3 for another upset victory at the ice hockey world championships on Monday and host Belarus stunned Switzerland 4-3.
Damien Fleury scored the winner on a rebound with 3:41 left in regulation to complete the French comeback from 3-1 down. Antoine Roussel added his second goal into an empty net for France’s fifth. Baptiste Amar also scored twice for France, which beat Canada in a shootout in its opening Group A game.
Ladislav Nagy had two goals for Slovakia, with captain Miroslav Satan also scoring.
Mikhail Grabovski netted the decisive goal in Belarus’ second victory at the worlds to thrill 15,000 home fans at the Minsk Arena. Goals from Yannick Weber, Reto Schappi and Etienne Froidevaux had given Switzerland a 3-2 lead in the third but Belarus equalized through Sergei Kostitsy’s second goal.