Riga The Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga is fast becoming a tournament of surprises. Sweden and Finland lost to outsiders, Canada is still without a point and is already under heavy pressure in the game against Germany.
Eleven-time world champion Sweden accepted their second embarrassing bankruptcy against an outsider a day after 3: 4 against Denmark with 0: 1 (0: 0, 0: 0, 0: 1) against Belarus. German Nestro (41st) led the newcomer to a first World Cup victory against Trey Kroner.
Defending champions Finland also found themselves in the German Group B on Sunday with a 1: 2 (0: 0, 1: 1, 0: 0, 0: 0, 0: 1) following a penalty shoot-out against newly promoted Kazakhstan Embarrassed. Nikita Michaelis converted the deciding penalty.
The 26-time title holder Canada goes into the game without a single point against the leaders on Monday (7.15 pm / Sport 1). After 0: 2 against host Latvia, the world number one number one suffered a 1: 5 (0: 1, 0: 3, 1: 1) defeat to USA. Like Group Sweden, twelve-time world champion Czech Republic started with two defeats.
The day after the 1: 5 defeat against the German national team, Norway celebrated their first win. The team around Dell players Mathis and Ken Andre Olimb won against Italy 4: 1 (1: 0, 2: 0, 1: 1). Former Krefeld Mathis Tretanus was the match winner with three goals.
In Group A, Switzerland posted their second threesome and remained the front-runner on Russia’s heels. After 5: 2 against the Czech Republic, the Swiss defeated Denmark by a third goal of NHL striker Timo Maier 1: 0 (1: 0, 0: 0, 0: 0). Slovakia also have six points to account, beating Belarus 5: 2 to 2: 1 (1: 0, 1: 1, 0: 0) to beat Great Britain against the outsiders. The winning goal was achieved by Robert Lantosi (25th).
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