Group B – Ondrej Nepla Arena, Bratislava
In the first few minutes it was a typical sampling of both teams. Switzerland made shots, they go at the gate vorbai. The Austrians did not stumble and had the first chance through Wolf. The first power play had Switzerland, but Josi, Diaz and Bertschy forgave the lead. Austria struggled in the game and did not come before the Swiss goal. Another power play for Switzerland brought good chances, but Kickert saved his team from losing goals. Towards the end of the period, Austria had the option of a four-minute power play. There were chances for Peter and Ganahl, but no goals. Half a minute before the break Hischier came to the puck and plays a cross pass to Fiala. The stand alone before Goalie Kickert, gives the goalie no chance and scored the 1-0.
After the break, Switzerland increased the pace and had chance by chance. The Austrians were barely or not present in the attack. Switzerland had their best chance through Diaz, Frick and Hofman. The Austrian goalie Kickert kept what it was to hold, sometimes there was also luck. Fiala forgives his chance from a promising position. In a small raffle in front of the Austrian goal, Michael Raffl meets the Swiss Haas a chin hook in the face. The subsequent power play remained without goals, also because Goalie Kickert prevented with good reactions goals.
The Austrians have the chance of a 5-3-power play at the beginning of the last period. This possibility was skipped without success. Switzerland also had two power plays in a row and gives chances to score. The Austrian goalie Kickert was always on the spot and was able to hold his own against Diaz and Martschini. A few minutes after halftime, Josi scores the deserved 2-0 (54.). Kurashev defeated Kickert in another power play goalie and scored the 3-0. Shortly before the end of the game there is a 5 against 3 for Switzerland. Andrighetto scored in his first game to 4-0 (60.). The Swiss continue to win and secured first place in Group B.
Team Switzerland vs Team Austria 4-0 (1-0, 0-0, 3-0)
Group A – Steel Arena, Kosice
The parallel play in Kosice denied Germany and France. The last victory of the French over Germany was 2016, the subsequent three games Germany has won. In Germany, the second goalie nominee Grubauer was in goal. The beginning was better for France. The “Tric-Color” had two power plays, but scored no goal. The Germans more efficient, because shortly before the first break Seider scored the 1-0 (18.) – Goalie Hardy looked at this goal not good.
The Frenchmen came out of the cab and pushed for the equalizer. Bozon intercepts a pass from the Germans and starts a counterattack. With a cross pass he plays to Fleury who takes over directly and the puck goes past Grubauer to the 1-1 in the net (25.). The Frenchmen came out of the cab and pushed for the equalizer. Bozon intercepts a pass from the Germans and starts a counterattack. With a cross pass he plays to Fleury who takes over directly and the puck goes past Grubauer to 1-1 into the net (25.). At the halfway point of the game, the German goalie Grubauer injured and it came Treutle. Germany increased the pressure and Plachta meets to 2-1 (34.). When it’s back to the second break Draisaitl scored the 3-1 (38.).
France had a power play at the beginning of the third half but missed a good chance. Germany even had a 5-3power play, also here no goal fell. Towards the end, France took goalie Hardy off the ice. The Germans took advantage of this and Holzer scored the final score with his empty net goal to 4-1 (20.). With this victory Germany is still on the way to the quarterfinals.
Team Germany vs Team France 4-1 (1-0, 2-1, 1-0)