It should have been a clear matter, but instead the first third of the match between the Czech hockey players and Slovenia turned into a horror. Verlič and Urbas made sure that the outsider took a surprising 2-0 lead. Those who expected the onslaught of Kari Jalonen’s men in the middle section were soon led astray. The Slovenian hockey players created a number of promising chances and only thanks to the interventions of Karel Vejmelka they did not increase the lead.
It wasn’t until the 39th minute that Kubalík, who used the power play, gave hope to the struggling team. The Detroit striker’s goal started a great Czech drive in the final part. First, Kubalík equalized again so that Červenka and Kempný definitively turned the course of the match to the Czech side. In the end, Kubalík completed the hat trick with a goal into an empty net, Flek closed the score at 6:2.
In the evening, the Swiss successfully strove to move to the top of the group B table, which, regardless of the lower quality of their opponents so far, was decorated with unique statistics. They scored fifteen goals in three games, kept three clean sheets at the back and allowed only 31 shots to the opponents.
In the duel, however, the Slovaks already cashed in. Christian Marti then scored the winning goal in the 47th minute.
The Slovaks are fifth, but now they face battles with the teams that are behind them in the table.
The hockey players of Sweden played the role of high favorites against Hungary from the first minutes, when Lindberg opened the scoring after 93 seconds. After two periods, when Tre Kronor were already leading 6:1, only the final score was decided. Thanks to the 7:1 win, the northerners claimed their fourth triumph in Group A, Hungary remains on two points for the win in extra time over France.
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In the evening, in the fourth game, the Germans scored for the first time and stayed in the game for advancement to the quarterfinals. The Danes, on the other hand, lost for the first time in Group A, but with eight points they are in third place in the table. In the next matches, however, stronger teams await them on paper, on the contrary, the Germans will play with teams from the lower half of the table.
The Danes led, the Germans turned, but the Nordics equalized. But only for a moment. In a dramatic ending, the Germans kept the win, which realistically kept them in the game for promotion.
Twice they came through on the opponent’s power play.
|Hockey World Cup 2023|
|Group A (Tampere)|
|Hungary – Sweden 1:7|
|Goals: 8. Kiss – 2. Lindberg, 6. and 39. De La Rose, 18. Everberg 25. Everberg, 38. Berggren, 49. Raymond|
|Denmark – Germany 4:6|
|Goals: 56. and 60. Wejse, 6. Lassen, 40. Bau Hansen, – 30. Peterka, 32. Ehl, 38. M. Müller, 56. J. Müller, 59. Noebels, 60. Sturm|
|Group B (Riga)|
|Czech Republic – Slovenia 6:2|
|Goals: 39th, 44th and 58th Kubalík, 45th Červenka, 52nd Kempný, 59th Flek – 8th Jeglič, 12th Urbas|
|Switzerland – Slovakia 4:2|
|Branky: 6th Siegenthaler, 25th Niederreiter, 47th Marti, 60th Haas – 26th Kudrna, 40th Regenda|
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