Belarus replaces coach Dave Lewis after poor start at worlds

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Belarus has replaced coach Dave Lewis after losing its first three games at the ice hockey world championship.

Lewis, a former NHL player and coach, was in charge of Belarus since the 2014-15 season. The Belarusian ice hockey federation announced Tuesday the move was made by mutual consent and that assistant coach Sergei Pushkov will take over for the rest of the tournament in Denmark.

Belarus is pointless at the bottom of Group A after losing to Sweden (5-0), France (6-2) and Russia (6-0) and must improve over its final four group games to avoid relegation.

The overall bottom two teams in the tournament will be relegated from the top tier. Korea is also pointless at the bottom of Group B.