Group C: Finland 4-3 Sweden aet
The top game in Group C between Finland and Sweden went into extra time, ending with an ideal result for the teams involved. Both qualified directly for the quarter-finals, with the Finns taking a 4:3 victory as group leaders and seven points as best group runners-up thanks to Sweden. SCL Tigers’ Harry Pessonen scored the winning goal after more than 62 minutes for the Finns, who went down 3–0 after scoring three goals from an earlier Swedish power play and held on in the final section.
Group C: Slovakia 5-2 Latvian
Slovakia defeated Latvia 5–2 to finish third in Group C. Lausanne striker Ronald Kenins was concerned that the Latvian players drew 1–1 in the 16th minute. In the middle third, however, the Slovaks pulled away with a two-goal lead and did not allow this advantage to be snatched away.
Group A: USA 3-2 Germany
Following successes over China and Canada, USA also won their third preliminary round game and secured a direct ticket to the quarterfinals due to a 3–2 victory against Germany. Pyeongchang’s finalist took a 1–0 lead after only 2 minutes through Patrick Hagar. After that, the USA favorite took charge of the game. Nathan Smith’s 3-1 lead in the 43rd minute made the deciding difference. Although Tom Kuhnhackel’s goal in the 58th minute opened an exciting final leg, Bern’s Dominic Kahun was also unable to equalize again.
Group A: China 0-5 Canada
Despite an undisputed victory at the end of the group stage, Canada missed out on going straight to the quarter-finals. 6 points is not enough for maple leaves. The game was already settled after 10 minutes and Eric O’Dell 3–0 against the hosts without a chance. The duel will be repeated on Tuesday in the quarterfinal qualifying game.
SRF Two, “Beijing Live”, February 13, 2022, 2:55 am; cezu/agencies
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