PARIS — Center Roman Horak scored two quick goals as the Czech Republic beat Slovenia 5-1 at the ice hockey world championship on Friday.
The win moved the 2010 champion into second place in Group B, one point above Switzerland and two behind leader Canada, which is chasing a third straight title and record-equaling 27th overall.
Center Elias Lindholm scored his fifth goal of the tournament as nine-time champion Sweden moved up to second in Group A by crushing last-place Italy 8-1 in Cologne, Germany, netting five goals in the third period.
Later Friday, co-host France was playing Belarus in Paris in Group B, and co-host Germany faced Denmark in Cologne in Group A.
The top four from each group advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday in each city. The semifinals and the final will be in Cologne.
Horak’s goals came a little more than three minutes apart during a one-sided first period.
After Michal Repik scored on an early power-play, Horak doubled the lead on another power-play eight minutes into the first period and struck again with 11:46 on the clock.
Slovenia’s consolation goal came from forward Miha Verlic early into the third.
“We lost too many pucks in the neutral zone and they took advantage of that,” Slovenia coach Nik Zupancic said. “There was no chance today, the Czech team has quality and deservedly won.”
Center Roman Cervenka got the fifth goal with a stylish finish on a breakaway, collecting a feed from Jan Kovar and showing soft hands to glide around goaltender Gasper Kroselj before dumping the puck home.
Center William Nylander had three assists and Lindholm assisted on Rask’s goal.
Giovanni Morini briefly gave Italy hope when he pulled it back to 2-1 on a power-play early in the second period.
Italy has conceded 26 goals so far, one less than Slovenia.