The host of the Ice Hockey World Championships – the Slovak national team – delivered another sad evening to the whole country in Kosice on Wednesday. A 2-in-3 sub-player of a home team (0: 0, 2: 1, 0: 2) lost to Germany with two pucks in the last two minutes.
Slovakia already mourned Monday when their pets fell to Canada 1.8 seconds before the end of the main time and lost 5: 6. A new blow followed on Wednesday and won the match with the Germans.
The Slovaks came in the second period because Mark Michel broke through the home guards and reached 1: 0 at a short distance. Less than five minutes later, the Germans quickly made two rejections, taking advantage of this situation with Slovakia. Initially Andrei Shaker used the large majority (5-3) to improve the score, but by playing five against four, Libor Hudachek scored 2: 1 for the Slovak.
Such a result lasted a maximum of 59 minutes, but the remaining time deserves to remain in the history of Slovak hockey as "The Nightmare of Košice". First of all, Markus Eisenstadt shot with a strong pitch when he played "empty" in the "dudes", 2: 2, but at the last minute, leaving only 27 seconds, Germany's biggest star shot Leons Draiitzl under the guard, in the absence of Slovak keeper Marek Ciliak to save. The tragedy – 2: 3 and the dreams of Slovakia about a quarter-final are only theoretical.
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As previously reported, the United States defeated the United Kingdom by 6: 3 (1: 1, 3: 1, 2: 1).
In group A in general the leader with 12 points in four games is Germany, eight points are American hockey players, while seven points are in the Finnish account. Six points follow Canada, while five points are for Denmark, followed by Slovakia with three points. Meanwhile, one point is the French, but none – the British account.
Russians throw every fourth nest against the Italians
Meanwhile, with 10: 0 (4: 0, 4: 0, 2: 0) in the subgroup B in Bratislava, Russia destroyed the weakest team of the group in Italy, which now has a balance of 0:30 in four of the past games .
Russia threw 40 times at the opponent's gate, so every fourth nest reached the goal. As a reminder, on Tuesday the Latvian team cast 65 times in Italian words, after three shows (3: 0).
Italy again led Andreas Bernard, who was also against Latvia. The heroic gate of the gate capitulated as early as the 31st century when it was annoyed by Nikita Zaitsev, but in the first period Dinar Hawaiiin, as well as Yevgeny Kuznetsov and Alexander Ovečkin, the Capitols of Washington attacked the Russians.
In the 18th second of the second period, Kuznetsov scored 5: 0 when Marko de Filipo reached the goal of the Italian team. Admittedly, he was not a savior, and he was hit twice in Italian gates by Yevgeny Dadonov, and once by Ilya Kovalchuk, Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Kucherov.
Kuznetsov and Kucherov took four points from the Russians, but Nikita Gusev made three successful matches.
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Russian national goalkeeper Andrei Vasilyevsky fought all 15 opponents in this match. Italians doubled the design of the gate, but did not open their account at the championship.
It has already been reported that Switzerland outperformed Norway in this subgroup with 4: 1 (1: 0, 1: 0, 2: 1), just as Russia won its fourth victory in the fourth game.
Group B's overall score for Switzerland and Russia is as high as 12 points in four games, while six points in three games are played by the Czech Republic, Latvia and Sweden. But behind the top five there are teams that have no points – Austria, Norway and Italy.
Latvia will play the next game on Thursday when they meet the Czech Republic.