Denmark back on track in Minsk

Two quick goals in the second period put the Danes in control

After struggling early on, the Danish ice hockey team is back in contention for a place in the quarter finals after beating Italy 4-1 at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Minsk yesterday.

Jesper Jensen opened the scoring and Italy’s Diego Kostner equalised before two quick goals in the second period by Jannik Hansen and Emil Kristiansen put the Danes in control. Kim Staal notched an empty netter near the end of the third period.

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"They let us kind of handle the puck most of the time and they were pretty quick on the counterattack,” Philip Larsen, the Danish defenceman, said according to the IIHF website. “We had some good patience, and at the end, it gave us three points.”

The win catapulted the Danes past Slovakia and Italy into sixth place in Group A with three points, just two points behind France in fourth. Next up on for Denmark is Canada on Thursday afternoon.