Slovakia keeps hopes of advancing alive with win over France

Goaltender Florian Hardy of France, center, stretches to make a save against Slovakia's Richard Panik, right, during the Ice Hockey World Championship

Goaltender Florian Hardy of France, center, stretches to make a save against Slovakia's Richard Panik, right, during the Ice Hockey World Championship

Slovakia's Matus Sukel celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between France and Slova

Slovakia's Matus Sukel celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between France and Slova

Slovakia's Richard Panik, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match

Slovakia's Richard Panik, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match

Norway's Martin Roymark checks Austria's Steven Strong, from left, during the Hockey World Championships group B match between Austria and Norway at t

Norway's Martin Roymark checks Austria's Steven Strong, from left, during the Hockey World Championships group B match between Austria and Norway at t

KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia rebounded from three straight losses with a 6-3 victory over France on Friday, keeping alive its slim hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the hockey world championships.

Richard Panik scored and had two assists and Erik Cernak had a goal and an assist for Slovakia, which moved into fifth in Group A with six points after five games. The top four teams from each eight-team group advance to the quarterfinals.

Slovakia led 3-0 midway through the second period before France answered with a pair of goals, but the Slovaks scored three times in the first six minutes of the third period.

France, which lost to Denmark in a shootout on Saturday, has not won any of its five games.

In Group B, Norway beat Austria 5-3 in Bratislava in a meeting of two teams looking for their first victory.

Finland plays Britain in Group A later Friday while the Czech Republic faces Italy in Group B.

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