Russia won the thrilling duel between the two heavyweights in a penalty shootout 3-2 and sealed Sweden’s premature exit at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Riga. As a result, Switzerland also qualified for the quarter-finals early.
For Sweden, the match against Russia was their last appearance in the Ice Hockey World Cup. The Scandinavians needed at least two points to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals alive. However, in the strong duel with Russia, only one point was considered – the Swedes off the field, Russia and Switzerland early in the quarter-finals.
In addition to Switzerland and Russia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have been confirmed to qualify for the Group A quarter-finals. The Czechs avoided an early elimination by winning 2-1 after a penalty shootout against Denmark. After the candidate was trailed in the fourth minute by Niklas Jensen’s sixth goal in this tournament, he only managed to equalize despite the clear advantage (38:13 total shots on goal). Former Embry striker Dominic Kopalek (46) was responsible for this. In the penalty shootout, he met all four Czech bowlers who would not have made the quarter-finals had they lost in the original time.
In the second group, after the defending champions Finland, the United States also reached the knockout stage. The Americans defeated Germany 2-0 and celebrated their fifth consecutive victory. The shot ratio was 33:15 in favor of the Germans. However, goalkeeper Cal Petersen, who works for the Los Angeles Kings, came to his second close in this tournament after beating Kazakhstan 3-0. Jason Robertson scored the decisive goal in power play (39.). With 27 seconds left, Colin Blackwell explained the whole thing with a shot into the empty can.
Despite the third defeat in a row, the Germans are still in their hands to qualify for the quarter-finals. If you beat hosts Latvia after 60 minutes on Tuesday night, you are in the knockout stage. The same goes for Balts.