Sweden looked good against Belarus in the afternoon game. Belarus goalie Andrei Mezin kept his team in the game late into the 3rd period. The Swedes took an early 3-0 lead, then Belarus fought back with goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods to keep the game close. Sweden needed a late goal from Daniel Alfredsson to seal the victory. Sweden faces Finland on Sunday in one of three "Rivalry Sunday" matchups.
The Czech Republic had a 4-0 lead on Latvia in the 2nd period when Latvia scored two quick goals to cut the deficit in half. Up until that point I had declared Latvia the "punching bag of Group B" but I had to revise my statement to "the punching bag is hitting back!" I'm not sure the metaphor holds up. The Czechs held on to win the game 5-2.
The late game pitted Finland against Germany, and it wasn't much of a match. Finland won 5-0. I'd say they're ready for Sweden on Sunday.