Group B – Ondrej Nepla Arena, Bratislava

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Russia vs Italy #30 Marco De Filippo, #25 Stefano Marchetti, #86 Nikita Kucherov. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava © Robanser

The evening game in Bratislava was Russia against Italy. The Olympic champion started with three victories in the tournament, the Italians so far without a win and waiting for the first goal.

The game lasted just 31 seconds, as it was already 1-0 for Russia. Gusev with the pass to Zaitsev, who defeated Goalie Bernard for the first time. Russlad was never embarrassed, the rare attacks of the Italians could fend off Goalie Vasilevski. Shortly before halftime, Gusev was again the preparer. Khafizullin takes over his pass and scores the 2-0 (9.). Shortly thereafter, Italy had a bad luck shot, the puck goes to the gate. Then Barabanov was the preparer, after his pass Kuznetsov scored from close range 3-0 (14.). Just three minutes later, Ovechkin’s fourth goal of the tournament is 4-0 (17.).

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Russia vs Italy #25 Mikhail Grigorenko, #1 Andreas Bernard. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava © Robanser

In the middle third, the next goal fell after 18 seconds. Kuzentsov meets Ovechkin’s pass to score 5-0. Then Goalie Bernard leaves the gate and it came de Filippo. It does not fare better, Kovalchuk scored the 6-0 (27.). The Italians had too many players on the ice a few minutes later and Russia had a power play. This was used and Dadonov scores the 7-0 (34.). A minute later, Italy had a power play, but the goal scored Russia. Grigorenko scored with a short-handed goal the 8-0 (37.).

After the break, it continued with the goal shooting. Kucherov scores 9-0 (45.) and Dadonov scores 10-0 just a minute later for the first two-digit result in the tournament (46.). The Russians ran the rest of the time without much effort. With this clear victory, Russia takes the lead in Group B.

Photo Galerie RUS vs ITA

Team Russia vs Team Italy 10-0 (4-0, 4-0, 2-0)

Group A – Steel Arena, Kosice

In Kosice hosted Slovakia fought against Germany for the quarter-finals. The Slovaks with a terrific game against Canada, which was unfortunately lost in one and a half seconds. Germany with three wins from three games at the top of the table.

Germany had the first power play after just over three minutes, but could not score. Slovakia also had a power play at the halfway point of the period, but there was no goal here as well. The game then came to a close with a 0-0 in the 1st break.

After the break, the Germans manage the lead, Michaelis scored the 1-0 (24.). The Slovaks pushed for the equalizer. Germany was carried away to punishments and Slovakia came in a 5-3-power play. Within a minute and a half, they turned the game. Sekera scores the equalizer after a pass from Cernad to make it 1-1 (29.), and Hudacek scored, after a pass from Panic, to the first-time lead the 2-1 (30.). The Slovaks survived another power play for the Germans and it went into an exciting final period.

In the final period, the Slovaks had a good power play, but the conclusion did not work. The Germans lost due to the condition of Seider, who was carried away by the ice. From the resulting power play, the Germans could score no goal. Two and a half minutes before the end, the Germans took their goalie off the ice. Not quite two minutes were left to play. The Germans achieved by Eisenschmid the 2-2 (58.). Then the typical deustche luck came back into the game and Draisaitl scored the 3-2 just 27 seconds before the end. A happy Germany wins thanks to two last-minute goals. Slovakia now has to tremble for the quarter-finals.

Team Germany vs Team Slovakia 3-2 (0-0, 1-2, 2-0)