After a historic humiliation for Sweden, Canada is now in danger of being eliminated in the preliminary round. The 26-time world champion German team is dependent on the result.
In a duel and appear in front of the target: Arttu Rutslainen.
Canada must continue to tremble after their final group game to qualify for the quarter-finals at the World Cup. Following a 2:3 (1:0, 1:1, 0:1, 0:0, 0:1) penalty shootout against defending champions Finland, the 26-time world champion progressed from a performance in Group B to the evening ( 7:15 pm) between the German national team and hosts Latvia.
If the evening game does not go into overtime, Canada will be in the knockout round. Otherwise, the selection from the ice hockey homeland would end prematurely – and not in the top eight for the first time in World Cup history. A single point against Latvia would be enough to propel the German team forward.
The Canadian took the lead twice following goals from Brandon Pirie (2nd) and Maxime Komtois (29th). But Artu Rutslainen equalized every time (22./56.). Rutslainen also converted the decisive penalty.
Switzerland finished the preliminary round against Great Britain with 6:3 (2:1, 4:1, 0:1). The Swiss, who had already qualified for the knockout rounds, have finished at least second in Group A.
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