Germany gets first win at worlds; Switzerland beats Belarus

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HERNING, Denmark — Olympic runner-up Germany rebounded from three straight losses at the ice hockey world championship, handing newcomer South Korea a 6-1 defeat Wednesday.

Switzerland recovered from a loss to the Czech Republic with a 5-2 victory over Belarus.

Yasin Ehliz scored twice for Germany and Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Hager, Frederik Tiffels and Yannic Seidenberg added one apiece during a Group B game in Herning.

“We got a lucky bounce to go up one-zero and we played relatively solid hockey going from there,” German captain Dennis Seidenberg said. “Hopefully, we can build on that.”

Brock Radunske scored for South Korea at 6-0, only the second goal for the Koreans at the tournament.

“If we can get a couple guys score, that’s kind of [a] snowball, picks up the confidence for everybody on the team,” Radunske said. “Next games are not gonna get any easier; it’s top countries, top players in the world. We just have to use it as a learning experience.”

Radunske said South Korea, which has lost all four games so far, wants to show in the rest of the tournament that “we deserve to be in this division.”

Joel Vermin put Switzerland 3-2 up against Belarus with his second goal in the second period before Enzo Corvi and Timo Meier sealed the victory in the final period in Group A in Copenhagen.

After losing its first three games, Belarus replaced coach Dave Lewis with assistant coach Sergei Pushkov, but that change has yet to boost the team.

High-scoring Finland played host Denmark in Herning later Wednesday and Sweden faced Austria in Copenhagen.

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