The third Baltic country, Team Latvia, was also in action, and the IIHF World Championship of the Top Division in Slovakia is approaching. Today, none other than Olympic champion Russia was a guest. There are some teams in the pipeline, and Russia is still waiting for some legionnaires from the NHL.
The Latvians started right away and after a few minutes, Dzierkals, after a solo, to 1-0 (4.). Russia tried to equalize immediately, and put a lot of pressure. But Gudlevskis in the Latvian goal held in this period what to hold it. In the final minute Daugavins plays to Bukarts and he scored the 2-0 (20.). Russia’s goalie Georgiyev had to get the puck out of the gate for the second time.
The Russians increased the pace after the break and immediately pushed for the goal of Gudlevskis. But he had a very good day and bravely fought some good chances from Russia. But Russia did not give up. After a good move from Burmistrov to Artyom Zub, he scored the 1-2 (35.). This goal unlocked further forces and there was at times „one-way hockey“ on the Latvian goal. But these were always dangerous in their quick counterattacks and Georgiyev was able to prevent these chances.
In the third period Russia was the better team and had the first chances. After a pass from Golyshev Yakupov scores the 2-2 equalizer (46.). After this goal, the Russians relented and just two minutes later Golyshev, after Kraskovsky’s pass, scored the first lead for 3-2 (48.). Latvia woke up after this goal and came back to chances, but Russia’s goalie Gerorgiyev was very sure. Russia controlled the game and did not give much chance. The final point in this game was played by Rafikov, who finished with a 4-2 empty net goal (60.).
Team Latvia vs Team Russia 2-4 (2-0, 0-1, 0-3)