Slovakia squeezes past Belarus

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

VIENNA (CP) -- Marian Gaborik's goal at 16:32 of the third-period gave Slovakia the win, despite an outstanding effort by Belarussian goalie Andrei Mezin.

The Slovaks out shot Belarus 52-19 and didn't beat Mezin until 1:45 of the third period, when Marian Hossa opened the scoring.

Just 1:41 later, Konstantin Koltsov tied things up and Belarus looked set to ride their goalie to the draw until Gaborik's late goal.


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