The Finns in the second match of the tournament, which takes place for them in Tampere, beat the Germans 4:3. It wasn’t easy, however, as the rivals even took a 2-1 lead in the second period. However, Sakari Manninen, the scorer of the “golden” goal in last year’s final against Canada, scored 2 goals 107 seconds apart, and in the 53rd minute the most effective defender in the 2022 World Cup Mikko Lehtonen scored the win, which also helped once today. Joel Armia was also on the list of shooters for the Finnish team.
Marcel Noebels, Kai Wissmann and John-Jason Peterka scored for the Germans. However, Harold Kreis’ team failed to beat the Finns, just like the Germans did exactly 5 years ago on May 13, 2018 at the World Championships in Herning, Denmark.
The Finns started the tournament yesterday with a 4-1 defeat against the United States. In the first 2 matches of this year’s league, they have already conceded 7 goals – 2 more than in the 7 matches of the group stage last year. Yesterday Germany lost 0-1 to Sweden to open the event.
Finland – Germany 4:3 (1:1, 2:2, 1:0)
Army (10th), Manninen (35th), (36th), Lehtonen (53rd) — Noebels (18th), Wissmann (33rd), Peterka (40th)
While the Finns prevailed at home today, the second World Cup hosts suffered their second defeat in Riga. The Latvian national team, after yesterday’s 6-0 defeat against Canada, this time lost 1-2 against Slovakia. This is the first time in history that Bałtów beat this rival at the World Championships in the elite/group A. Previously, the Latvians had won all 3 matches against the Slovaks.
Today Craig Ramsay’s side won thanks to Mark Hrivík’s goal in the 51st minute. In the 44th second, the score was opened by Matúš Sukeľ, captain last season of Paweł Zygmunt’s HC Litvínov team in the Czech first division. Slovak goalkeeper Stanislav Škorvánek saved 27 shots and the Latvians in the third period with the score 1: 2 did not use the 68-second game with a double advantage.
Latvia – Slovakia 1:2 (0:1, 1:0, 0:1)
Ābols (37th) — Sukeľ (1st), Hrivik (51st)
“Web specialist. Social media ninja. Amateur food aficionado. Alcohol advocate. General creator. Beer guru.”