Group B – Ondrej Nepla Arena, Bratislava

On the final day the game between the Czech Republic and Switzerland was on the program. Switzerland must win with two goals difference to stay in the quarter-finals in Bratislava. In addition, Russia must win in the evening game against Sweden.

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Czech Republic vs Switzerland. #6 Yannick Weber, #13 Jakub Vrana. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava © Robanser

Switzerland started immediately and has the first chance in the first minute with Niederreiter. It continued with the powerful game of the Swiss. After a pass from behind the Czech goal standing Martschini to Frick, he scores the 1-0 (3.). Czech goalie Bartosak had no chance of defending. The Czechs were back in the game and Vrana tried a shot from distance, which Berra can fend off. In a power play for Switzerland Hischier awards a chance for a second goal from close range. In the middle of the period there was a brawl – Faksa (CZE) against Hischier (SUI), then Jaskin (CZE) intervened and Josi and also Goalie Berra (both SUI) was there. The spirits calmed down again and Czech Republic has a chance of equalizing through Zohorna, but Berra holds. In a power play for Czech Republic the equalizer goal falls. A quick attack by Kovar and a cross pass to Voracek, he scors the 1-1 (13.). After a good build-up in Switzerland, Genazzi loses the puck to Vrana, who immediately starts a counter-attack. But Berra was the last stop, just a minute later after a shot by Gudas.

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Czech Republic vs Switzerland. #55 Romain Loeffel, #67 Michael Frolik, #21 Kevin Fiala. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava © Robanser

After the break, only 38 seconds were played and the Czech Republic scored by Simon 2-1 (21.). The Swiss urged immediately to equalize, and the Czechs to dangerous counterattack. One of them was played by Voracek and Frolik scored the 3-1 (27.). After this goal Switzerland swapped the goalie and Mayer came for Berra. But only 29 seconds later, Switzerland cheered. After a pass from Martschini to Schwerwey and he shoots. The puck is blocked by Bartosak, comes to Jaskin and from him jumps the puck to 2-3 in the goal (47.). Thereafter, the emotions released again and both Hronek (CZE) and Bertschy (SUI) took up after a brawl the penalty bench place. It continued with a 4 vs 4 game. The Czechs made better use of free space and Kubalik scored 4-2 (29.). It remained a hot contested period, both teams gave absolutely nothing, it was about a lot. Shortly before the break Skelnicka had a chance, but Mayer can fend off. In the counterattack it was Loeffel for Switzerland, but also here Bartosak could hold the puck.

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Czech Republic vs Switzerland #32 Patrik Bartosak, #22 Nino Niederreiter, #3 Radko Gudas. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava © Robanser

Switzerland came out of the car with power and two minutes later Scherwey scored his second goal to make it 3-4 (42.) and it got exciting again. Haas had a very good chance for Switzerland, but his shot was too direct on goalie Bartosak, who was able to fend off. Once again Vrana forgives for the Czechs, who can not beat Mayer again. The Swiss continue in attack and Niederreiter to 4-4 – but in the second attempt (57.). Coach Fisher risked everything and took Goalie Mayer off the ice. The Czechs continued to play patiently and took advantage of this opportunity. Rutta scores with an empty net goal the 5-4 and the decision (59.). The Swiss now have to travel to the quarter-final match in Kosice. The Czech Republic is currently second in the group and has to wait for the result between Russia and Sweden, whether or not they have traveled.

Team Czech Republic vs Team Switzerland 5-4 (1-1, 3-1, 1-2)

Group A – Steel Arena, Kosice

The lunch game in Kosice between Finland and Germany was also about the placement. Finland would be enough to not have to travel. Germany with two recent defeats by Canada and USA was a bit euphoric.

Finland had a power play in less than two minutes, but could not gain any advantage. In the second power play it went better, Pesonen scores tht 1-0 (16.). But the Germans did not put back and Michaelis succeeds before the break, the 1-1 (18.). After the first restart, Finland were the better team and Tyrvainen scored the renewed lead to 2-1 (25.). Germany survived as a result of a power play and a few minutes after halftime scored Kahun the 2-2 equalizer (34.).

In the final third of the game, the Germans again added to the lead and in a power-play, Draisaitl scored the 3-2 (45.). Finland tried to get closer, but the German goalkeeper Grubauer prevented goals against. In the end, Finland took the goalie off the ice to equalize. The Germans knew how to do that and the German top scorer, Draisaitl, scored the decisive 4-2 (59.) with his second goal in this game. With this victory, Germany is third, has to travel in any case for the quarter-finals to Bratislava. Finland stays first and can become second in the group and remains in Kosice.

Team Finland vs Team Switzerland 2-4 (1-1, 1-1, 0-2)