Group B – Ondrej Nepla Arena, Bratislava
The match between Sweden and Switzerland concerns the placement for the quarter-finals. If you win Switzerland, chances are you will not have to travel to Kosice. In addition, this game was a reissue of the final of the last World Cup.
The Swiss started this game with a double chance by Bertschy and Frick. The Swedes did not lag behind and given their first opportunities by Ekman-Larsson and Adrian Kempe. After a quick push by Haas, this plays a cross pass to Andrighetto and this scored the 1-0 for Switzerland (5.). Sweden’s response followed immediately and Wennberg forgives twice in a row. After a mistake by Andrighetto, Eriksson got his chance, but goalie Berra grabbed the puck. The emotions erupted as Gustafsson commits a foul, and Hörnqvist and Scherwey fought each other out. It was followed by a questionable referee decision and Sweden had a power play. However, that was without a goal, although Gustafsson found a good chance. Just under a minute before the break, there was again power play for Sweden. That lasted only 3 seconds. After a won face-off Klingberg shoots and Wennberg scores the 1-1 (19.).
The Swedes came out of the cabin with great vigor and put the Swiss under pressure. An advancement of Hörnqvist and a pass to Nylander, who scored the 2-1 (26.). There followed a power play for both teams. Switzerland pushed for the equalizer, which also succeeded two minutes later. Genazzi scored the equalizer to 2-2 (28.), the preliminary work came from Josi. But 30 seconds later, after a quick counterattack, the Swedes took the lead again. Nylander with pass in the middle to Gustafsson and scored the 3-2 (29.). The Swiss push on and Rod fails Goalie Lundqvist.
The final period began with two power plays for Switzerland. Despite good chances they do not manage a goal, also because goalie Lundqvist held very well. However, Switzerland did not give up and Haas then scored the 3-3 equalizer (51.). The Swedes were unimpressed and continued playing their game. Only 80 seconds later, the “Tre Kronor” went back into the lead, Ekman-Larsson scores the 4-3 (52.). After this goal Switzerland took full risk but it was not enough. Sweden finally wins this first-class match 4-3 and is in the quarter-finals.
Team Sweden vs Team Switzerland 4-3 (1-1, 2-1, 1-1)
Group A – Steel Arena, Kosice
Slovakia has an easy task to solve, the opponent is the bottom of the table Great Britain. With a win, Slovakia still has chances to reach the quarter-finals.
Slovakia made it all clear at the beginning. After a double strike by Sekera and Tatar within a minute, Slovakia quickly led 2-0 (3.). In a power play for the hosts Marincin scored the 3-0 (10.). Four minutes before half-time, Great Britain swapped Whistle for injury to Goalie Bowns. Only a minute later, the British succeed by Hammond the 1-3 (18.).
After the break, Slovakia kept up the pace and Cajkovsky scored the 4-1 (25.). Minutes later, the next goal fell, Studenic scored the 5-1 (30.). The British came to a power play, but the goal shot to Slovakia. Liska intercepts a pass, plays to Sukel and scored with a short-hander 6-1 (36.).
The game was decided in favor of Slovakia, therefore, the highlights were out. The host still had the chacne of a power play, which remained without goal. Two minutes before the end, Bondra scores the 7-1 final score (58th minute). Despite this victory, Slovakia needs a miracle to reach the quarter-finals.
Team Great Britain vs Team Slovakia 1-7 (1-3, 0-3, 0-1)