IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Italy vs Latvia #14 Rihards Bukarts. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Group B – Ondrej Nepla Arena, Bratislava

The Italians have the better start and Trivellato made the first shot on goal. Shortly afterwards insam pulls his shot, which passes just by the gate. After that, the Latvians came into play and Italy’s goalie Bernard got a lot to hold. Latvia awards opportunities for leadership through Galvins, Dzierkals and Bucharts. The Latvians had a power play midway through the period, but were lucky that Gudlevskis could hold on to Kostner and DeLuca’s chances to avoid a short-handed counter-goal. After a good combination between Rihards Bukarts and his brother Roberts, he fails to Bernard. Shortly before the break, Kostner and he side goes through and gives a shot. The puck is deflected by Galvins into his own goal for the supposedly 1-0. Latvia coach Hartley with a challange and after video analysis was not given this goal because of Offside. At the last minute Latvia came to a power play that was taken in the middle period.

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Italy vs Latvia #87 Gints Meija, #26 Armin Helfer, #1 Andreas Bernard. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Despite the power-play for Latvia after the break, no goal fell. After that, the Latvians went down, Balcers forgives his chance, he only hits Bernard’s helmet. Although the Italians rarely came before the Latvian goal. Gander forgives his chance and Lambacher has bad luck. Before he could take over directly, the puck spun and he struck empty. At times, it was a one-sided game, with Latvia giving Blugers and Balcers more opportunities to lead. For the time being, Roberts Bucharts has bad luck with his shot, he goes to the crossbar. Meija grabs the puck, pass to Rihards Bucharts, who shoots immediately. The puck is deflected and Roberts Bucharts lops the puck to 1-0 in the goal (30.). Shortly afterwards Lambacher forgives the compensation. Latvia continue to move forward – Rihards Bucharts also forgives his chance as Kenins. Goalie Bernard was under continuous fire. Latvia continue to move forward – Rihards Bucharts also forgives his chance as Kenins.Goalie Bernard was under continuous fire. Shortly before the break, Latvia put it on again and merenis scored the 2-0 (39.).

In the last period Latvia had at the beginning the possibility of a power play. Goalie Bernard did what it took to hold and there was no goal. Also Italy came to a power play, here also a goal was denied. Two minutes before the end, Italy took Bernard off the ice. The Latvians took advantage of this opportunity and Blueger scored with the help of Empty-Net 3-0 (60.). A very deserved work victory that could save the chance for the quarterfinals.

Photo Galerie ITA vs LAT

Team Italy vs Team Latvia 0-3 (0-0, 0-2, 0-1)

Group A – Steel Arena, Kosice

In Kosice Denmark played against Great Britain. The British already had a power play after 30 seconds, but that did not have any consequences. After a few minutes, Denmark also came to a 5:3-power play. That took advantage of Denmark and Jesper Jensen scored the 1-0 (9.). The power play was not over yet and only 48 seconds later Bau Hansen made it 2-0 (10.). Denmark went down and Poulsen scored, just minutes later, the 3-0 (13.).

Denmark was in a good mood even after the break. After just over a minute Bruggisser meets for 4-0 (22.). After that goal, Brist whistle for Bowns. But did not use, because only two minutes later, the next goal fell. In another power play Eller meets for 5-0 (24.) and only more than a minute later Nicklas Jensen to 6-0 (25.), also in a power play. Denmark still has not had enough and Nicklas Jensen scores with his second goal the 7-0 (31.). It continued for Denmark in the direction of the British goal. Poulsen scores the pass from Jesper Jensen 8-0 (36.) – his second goal in the match.

After the break, the pace of Denmark eased. The Britan came to their third power play. But the goal scored Denmark. Jakobsen comes to the puck, plays to Poulsen, who scored the 9-0 with his short-hander (52.). It was his third goal in this game. Although the British scored a goal, but this was revoked after video. Denmark let pass the last minutes and avoided the climber to miss a double-digit result.

Team Great Britain vs Team Denmark 0-9 (0-3, 0-5, 0-1)