Finland wins Britain; Germany is the top hockey worlds contender.

TAMPERE (Finland) – Finland beat Britain 6-0 in the world ice hockey championship. Germany defeated Italy 9-4 in Friday's highest-scoring match.

Joel Armia of Montreal Canadiens was among six players to score for host Finland. Jussi Okinuora took 10 shots to win the shutout.

The Olympic champion Finns won the victory, moving ahead of Sweden, the United States, and the Czech Republic to be first in Group A.

Britain finished last in the group without a win, and had no goals in its three previous games. Latvia defeated Austria in a shootout 4-3.

Germany won Group A with nine goals, beating Italy for the fourth consecutive win. After a 5-3 defeat to Canada, Germany won this decisive victory. It was followed by three straight wins of one against France, Slovakia and Denmark.

Alexander Karachun, Daniel Fischbuch and Yasin Elliz each had two goals. Kai Wissmann was third with one goal and three assists.

Davide Fadani was the Italy starting goaltender and was forced to retire after 13 minutes. Three of their first four shots were scored by Germany.

In the other game of Group A, Slovakia defeated Kazakhstan 4-3.

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