Helsinki, Finland – One goal proved to be enough again for Finland, as the reigning gold medalist shut out Slovakia, 1-0, at the 2012 World Championship on Sunday.
Janne Pesonen scored the game's lone goal at the 7:32 mark of the first period, and Petri Vehanen made 26 saves for the host nation. Jan Laco stopped 21 shots in defeat.
The Finns blanked Belarus by the same score in their tournament opener two days earlier.
In Stockholm, Russia posted a 4-2 win over Norway.
Pavel Datsyuk, Denis Denisov, Nikolai Kulyomin and Alexander Perezhogin scored for the Russians, who got 19 saves from Semyon Varlamov.
Morten Ask and Marius Holtet both contributed power-play goals for Norway. Lars Volden played well in the loss, turning aside 42 shots.
Switzerland and Latvia were also winners. Kevin Romy scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period to send the Swiss to a 3-2 victory over Belarus, while Latvia topped Germany by the same score.
In earlier action Sunday, Italy edged Denmark, 4-3, on Giulio Scandella's overtime goal, while France doubled up Kazakhstan, 6-3.