Day 10 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships
Two qualification round games and two relegation games make up this the 10th day of World Hockey Championship play.
Qualification Round: Czech Republic vs. Russia
Jakub Voracek would open up the scoring for the Czechs with 5:59 to go in the first, to give them a 1-0 lead. Nearly 2 minutes later, Jaromir Jagr would make it 2-0. Russia would cut that lead in half 11:50 into the second when Alexei Tereshenko would score. Tomas Plekanec would make it 3-1 Czechs 3:27 into the third as he scores on a penalty shot. Danis Zaripov would cut the lead to 3-2 with just under 5:00 to go in regulation. With 45 seconds to go, the Russians pull Konstantin Barulin for the extra attacker, but would be unable to equalize. Czechs beat Russia 3-2. Evgeni Artyukhin would dish out a few hits in that game.
Qualification Round: Sweden vs. Switzerland
The only things that would appear on the game sheet in the first two periods would be minor penalty calls. In the third, Mikael Backlund would open the scoring, 7:47 in, to give Sweden a 1-0 lead. As the minutes ticked away, Switzerland would send Leonardo Genoni to the bench for the extra attacker. The move would backfire as Sweden would score an empty netter to take this game by the score of 2-0. That one was also scored by Backlund.
Relegation: Slovenia vs. Belarus
Sergei Demagin gets Belarus on the board first, just 6:02 into the game. A little over a minute later, Andrei Kostitsyn makes it 2-0. 8:21 into the second, while on a 5-on-3, Andrei Stepanov would make it 3-0. 3½ minutes later, Robert Sabolic would get Slovenia on the board, cutting the Belarus lead to 3-1. About 4 minutes later, Andrei Mikhalyov would make it 4-1. Kostitsyn would get his second of the game later on to make it 5-1. Robert Kristian would be replaced by Andrej Hocevar to start the third, but would give up a shorthanded goal by Mikhalyov, making it 6-1. He would then get the hat trick to make the final score 7-1 Belarus. Slovenia is relegated for next year while Belarus survives.
Relegation: Latvia vs. Austria
5:01 into the game, Roberts Bukarts would make it 1-0 Latvia, and with 6:30 to go in the first, Mikelis Redlihs makes it 2-0. A powerplay goal in the second period by Kaspars Saulietis would make it 3-0. Martins Cipulis would miss on a penalty shot attempt, but later in the third, Saulietis would get his second of the game to make it 4-0. Thomas Raffl would break Edgars Masalskis’ shutout bid by getting Austria on the board. Final score 4-1 Latvia over Austria. Latvia will play in next year’s tournament while Austria is relegated.
Day 11 of the tournament on Monday will mark the end of the qualification round with these games: Slovakia vs. Denmark, France vs. Norway, Russia vs. Finland, Switzerland vs. United States, Germany vs. Czech Republic, and Canada vs. Sweden.