After receiving two goals from Antoine Roussel in its 5-1 victory over Finland on Sunday, France got a 4-3 shootout win against Switzerland on Tuesday before dropping a 3-2 decision to Canada on Thursday.
In the win, Roussel skated 22:45 but failed to record a point and didn’t take a shot in the shootout. He was also pointless in 17:19 in the loss to Canada, he was on the ice when the French took a 2-1 lead on the power play in the second period.
The hosts currently sit in sixth place in Group B with three games left in the preliminary round.
Just ahead of the French sits fifth-place Finland and Julius Honka, who played 16 minutes in a 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic Monday but notched an assist and more than 18 minutes on the ice in Finland’s 5-2 victory over Slovenia.
Finally, John Kilngberg and Sweden sit in fourth place in Group A after a loss to the United States on Monday and a win over Latvia on Thursday. He was held without a point and averaged about 19 minutes per game as a part of Sweden’s third defensive pairing.
Valeri Nichushkin has not played and is still yet to be added to the Russian roster.
The preliminary round of the tournament will wrap up Tuesday, with the quarterfinals slated to start next Thursday. The top four teams from each of the two groups will advance, with the winner of each group playing the fourth-place team from the other and the runners-up taking on the opposite third-place squad.