First win for Finland
Latvia will head into the relegation round without any points
Finland's dreams of a medal is alive after 5-1 against Latvia. Finland dominated the game and outshot Latvia 56-18.
Finland scorded two unanswered goals in the first period. Antti Roppo also missed a penalty shot for the Finnish lions. In the second period young Mikael Granlund, born 1992, added his first two WJC goals to make it 4-0 before Roppo took revenge for his penalty shot miss and made it 5-0. Roberts Jekimovs scored a consulation goal for Latvia on 5-on-3 powerplay.
Finland will now play an all decisive game against Slovakia for a quarter final spot while Latvia will head into the relegation round with zero points.
Finland - Latvia 5-1 (2-0,3-1,0-0)
1-0 (02:03) T Sallinen (Hartikainen, Jyrkkiö) PP
2-0 (14:25) N Lähde (Lucenius, Roppo)
3-0 (23:58) M Granlund (Vittasmäki)
4-0 (27:17) M Granlund (Hartikainen) PP2
5-0 (30:34) A Roppo (Jyrkkiö)
5-1 (34:03) R Jekimovs (Straupe) PP2
Shots: 56-18 (16-9,20-6,20-3)
PIM: 14-45 (including a 5+20 for kneeing for Latvia's Pavlovs)
Story added on 31st December 2008 at 10:43 GMT
Story submitted by: Fredrik Pålsson.