World Cup game on Friday – Canada struggling to win – “Swiss” helps Finland

World Cup game on Friday - Canada struggling to win - "Swiss" helps Finland
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retained the upper hand against Germany

Noah Gregor of Canada.

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  • As expected, Canada (5:3 against Germany) and the USA (4:1 against Latvia) started the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland with victories.
  • Host Finland also defeated Norway thanks to its National League mercenaries.
  • Slovakia outsiders are struggling for a 4-2 win against France.
  • Group A

Germany – Canada 3:5 – Canada got off to a good start on their mission to defend their title. Against Germany, however, the favorite trembled unnecessarily at the end of the game. After 40 minutes the game seemed already settled. With three goals within six minutes – including two power play hits – “Ahornblatter” trailed 5:1 in the middle third. Germany brought back the tension in the game with two goals in the final section, a double advantage, but the goal did not come again.

France – Slovakia 2:4 – 2–0 2–2 to 4–2: Slovakia scored an early win against outer France in Swiss Group A. Pavol Regenda excelled in Helsinki as a double goalscorer. In Boleslav the Czech wing opened the score in the 11th minute and cleared the winner in 8 seconds. France were initially expected in the middle third when Anthony Reich and Jordan Perrett made it 2-2. But Samuel Takak brought Beijing’s Olympic bronze medalists back 3-2 before a second siren.

Group B

Finland 5-0 Norway Finland was able to rely on its “Swiss faction”, in a trouble-free opening victory against neighboring Norway. Langnau’s striker Harry Paysonne (1:0/19th) and Beale’s top scorer Tony Rajala (2:0/32nd) put the hosts on a winning path. One National League player was also concerned about the end point: Jere Sallinen, who, like Rajala, is under contract with Biel, scored to make it 5–0.

USA – Latvia 4:1 , Elvis Merzlikins made a real false start to the World Cup with Latvia. The former Lugano goalkeeper had lost 4 times in Tampere – and was not looking particularly good, conceding 2 goals. The first three goals were scored within 4 minutes: after Riley Barber took the lead by deflection in the 8th minute, Seth Jones doubled the number (11th). The USA captain caught Merzlikins by the middle of his legs. And just a minute and a half later, Thomas Bordeleau extended the lead with a shorthand to 3-0. This time the Columbus goalkeeper had to take responsibility for the goal, again as the disc found its way into the goal between his pads. When Sam Lafferty made it 4-0 shortly after the first half-time break, the Merzlikins were powerless. Andris Dzerins could only go short for Balten.

SRF 2, Sportflash, May 7, 2022 at 11:10 pm;

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