Minsk, Belarus (SportsNetwork.com) - Russia continued its winning ways by beating Latvia 4-1 Saturday at the 2014 World Hockey Championship.
Russia fell behind early against Latvia, but took control by scoring three times later in the first period.
Viktor Tikhonov had two of the goals and set up the other as the Russians improved to a perfect 5-0 in Group B play. They have outscored opponents 26-6 in the preliminary round.
Meanwhile, Mikhail Grabovski registered two goals and one assist as Belarus earned a share of second place in Group B with a 5-2 come-from-behind win over Germany.
In Group A action, France and Denmark posted shootout wins over Norway and the Czech Republic, respectively.