Canada beats Kazakhstan 4-2 in world hockey championship

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Adam Henrique had a goal and two assists and Canada beat Kazakhstan 4-2 on Friday in world hockey championship to move into sixth place in Group B.

Cole Perfetti scored the winner, Andrew Mangiapane and Connor Brown each had a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves. Canada is 2-3-0.

The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. Canada has two games left, against winless Italy on Sunday and 2019 champion Finland on Tuesday.

“We have to focus on Italy first. We need to continue to play our game,” Mangiapane said. “Early on in the tournament we were a little nervous or anxious, but now we have started to find our rhythm and we are playing the right way. We are really starting to jell as a team, but we have to keep going and playing a full 60-minute game if we want to be successful.”

Nikita Mikhailis scored twice for Kazakhstan, and Andrei Shutov stopped 32 shots.

In the other Group B game Friday, Latvia beat Norway 4-3 in a shootout. Michael Haga scored the winner that left Latvia fourth and Norway seventh.

In Group A, Mario Kempe scored twice in Sweden’s 4-1 victory over Britain, and Mathias From broke a third-period tie to help fourth-place Denmark beat Belarus 5-2. Sweden is fifth at 2-3-0.

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