The Swiss team won seven wins in seven games in the first stage of the 2022 World Cup. / AP
At the time of signing the print edition of “RG”, the results of the final matches in which Canada played France and Finland played the Czech Republic were not known. In this regard, the composition of all the couples in the playoffs could not be named. However, the teams from Switzerland, Germany, Canada and Slovakia advanced from group “A” to the next round, from group “B” – Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and the United States.
On May 26, the 1/4 finals will take place, on May 28 the winners of the quarterfinals will play the semifinals, and on May 29 the match for third place and the final of the tournament will be played.
Highlights the success of the Swiss team, which won every game. Yesterday, a team from the country of watches and banks broke the resistance of the Germans in a stubborn duel. The victory came to the Swiss in a shootout – 4:3. The winning goal was scored by Niko Hishira.
Swiss head coach Patrick Fischer commented on his team’s game and the upcoming quarterfinals with the US team:
– It’s good that we won all the games. We try to carry out every fight on our strength. I am glad that the team clearly followed the pre-match instructions, played competently in defense and perfectly realized the attacking potential. The victory over the Canadians inspired the guys and they believed in themselves. But the playoffs will be a completely different game. This is a special tournament and indeed the World Cup starts again for us. I hope we can go as far as possible.
Let’s note the success of the bronze medalists of the Beijing Olympics – the Slovak team, which managed to jump to the number of playoff participants at the last moment. To do this, the Slovaks had to beat the Danes, who had beaten the Canadians the day before. Unfortunately, we did not see the continuation of the Danish fairy tale. Apparently, the team gave all its strength and looked like a pale shadow against the Slovaks. As a result, 1:7, and Denmark was left without a playoff series.
Meanwhile, as our colleagues at Match TV channel report, Tampere (Finland) and Riga (Latvia) remain the only candidates to co-host the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championship after Hungary and Slovenia withdrew their joint application.
Note that the tournament was originally supposed to take place in St. Petersburg. But at the end of April, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) deprived Russia of the right to host the competition. The new hosts for the 2023 World Cup will be announced this Friday at the IIHF Congress.
Interestingly, the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation previously withdrew its bid to host the tournament because the Hungarian government steadfastly refused to support the bid for the tournament when it became known that Russia and Belarus could be suspended from the competition.
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