The last participant in the playoffs was the Latvian national team, which defeated Switzerland. The main time of the meeting ended with the score 3:3. The victory in extra time went to the Latvians thanks to a well-aimed shot from Rudolfs Balzers.
With this result, Latvia surpassed the Czech Republic (13) and Slovakia (11) in the Group B standings with 13 points, finishing in third place.
In a side meeting, Finland defeated Denmark – 7:1. The Finns finished the group stage third in Group A with 16 points.
After the results of the group stage, the quarterfinal pairings were determined, which are as follows: USA – Czech Republic, Sweden – Latvia, Finland – Canada, Germany – Switzerland.
The teams from Hungary and Slovenia took the bottom places in the groups and lost their place in the elite division for the next season.
The Ice Hockey World Cup 20023 playoffs will begin on May 25.
Heading HC CSKA Sergey Fedorov remains one of the candidates for the position of head coach of the NHL club Columbus, journalist Larry Brooks reports on Twitter. The main contender for this position is two-time Olympic champion Mike Babcock. Last season, “Columbus” played under the leadership of Brad Larsen and once again missed the playoffs.