In the final days before the beginning of the IIHF World Championship DIV IB Team Estonia played against Latvia B. For Estonia were two defeats in the two games against Lithuania.
In Estonia, Koitmaa (EBEL, Vasas Budapest) was again the number 1 goal, and legionaries from other European leagues were also there. Alexander Petrov (Alps HL, Milano), Roman Shumikin (France 3, Colmar), Riho Embrich (France 3, Toulouse), Daniil Fursa (Ukraine, HK Kremenchuk), Robert Rooba (JYP, Liiga), Mark Viitanen (Peliitat, Metsis) , Estonian champions HK Välk include Jaanus Sorokin, Kevin Parras and Mikhel Vörang in the roster. The youngest player is 19-year-old Saveli Novikov from HC Viking Tallinn, and Lauri Lahesalo, 40, a very experienced defender.
Reinforced Latvia B team with some legionnaires like Maris Bicevskis (CZ, Hradec Kralove), Tom Andersons (NLA, SC Langenthal), Elvijs Biezais (FRA, CAP), Robert Lipsbergs (KHL, Dinamo Riga), Arthurs Ozolins (VHL, Lada), Arturs Salija (SVK, HK Poprad), Eric Sevcenko (VHL, Yugra), Tomass Row (SWE2, Tibro). Latvian champions HK Mogo were Kriss Lipsbergs, Karlis Ozolins in the squad. In the first period it was an interesting swinging game of both teams. Both Estonia and Latvia, with
In the first period it was an interesting swinging game of both teams. Both Estonia and Latvia searched for the way to the gate. Both goalies, Auzins (LAT) and Koitmaa (EST) got a lot to keep. It therefore remained goalless after 20 minutes. In the middle period there was the same picture, Latvia with playful advantages, but Estonia was always dangerous in the fast counterattack. There were many chances but still no goals. Only in the final period it was time. After a pass from line Biezais meets 1-0 for Latvia B (47.). Estonia was not beaten and tried to equalize. The decision was made just before the end, as Karlis Lipsbergs used a pass from Andersons to 2-0 (59.). It stayed that way and Estonia is still waiting for the first victory before the World Cup in Tallinn.
Team Latvia B vs Team Estonia 2-0 (0-0, 0-0, 2-0)