Finland lost their first game of the preliminary round at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, succumbing to a 2-3 loss at the hands of a dogged Latvian side on Friday evening. The energetic Latvia domineered the proceedings virtually throughout the game and ultimately capitalised on the power-play opportunities gifted to them by a disorganised Team Finland.
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Latvia stun Finland in Minsk
“You can't win with so many penalties. You can't sit in the box that much and win,” acknowledged Erkka Westerlund, the head coach of Finland, in an interview with MTV Sport.