Kosice (Slovakia) – The French ice hockey team suffered a fifth defeat in as many games at the World Championship, losing 6-3 to Slovakia on Friday in Kosice (Slovakia).
The Blues must avoid the last place of the group to stay in the world elite. They will face Finland on Sunday (20:15), before a probably decisive match against Britain Monday (20:15) in the optics of maintenance.
The Blues were too unruly with 10 minutes outnumbered, and were punished 3 times (out of 5) in this configuration.
Philippe Bozon's players regained hope in the second period, coming back to a goal of the Slovak hosts thanks to the achievements of Antonin Manavian and the young nugget Alexandre Texier.
But the Blues conceded three goals in the space of less than five minutes in the last third time, including one as they evolved to a player more than their opponents.
The goal of Antony Rech, his third of the tournament, late in the game, only allowed the French to reduce the score, against Slovaks who had won only one of their first four games in the World.