Martins Karsums had 25 penalty minutes and 2 shots on goal in 6:32 as Latvia defeated Austria 2-0. Karsums received a game misconduct for boarding midway through the match.
Johan Harju had 2 shots on goal and was -1 as Sweden rebounded to defeat Team USA 6-5 in overtime. Harju and his lifelong teammate Linus Omark were held scoreless for the first time in the tournament in the match.
Karri Ramo backed up Pekka Rinne as Finland defeated the Czech Republic 4-3.
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Backlund's hat trick sends James Wright and the Giants home.
Johan Harju had an assist and 1 shot on goal in 14:05, but it was not enough as Latvia upset Sweden 3-2 in penalty shots. Martins Karsums had a power play assist and scored on his attempt in the shootout session. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton property Linus Omark had 2 assists and 4 shots on goal in 16:15.
Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 19 shots in Finland's 5-1 win over Denmark.
Martin St. Louis had a hat trick and an assist to boot as Team Canada destroyed Hungary 9-0. St. Louis led the Canadians, who outshot Hungary 51-16 in the match, with 11 shots on goal, followed by fellow Lightning star Steven Stamkos who was scoreless despite registering 8 shots on goal in the game. You get the feeling St. Louis, who is wearing an assitant captain's "A" for Canada, along with Stamkos are approaching this tournament aggressively as a springboard for next season.