Group C: Finland 4-3 Sweden Aid
Group C’s best match between Finland and Sweden went into extra time, ending with a better result for the teams involved. Both qualified directly for the quarterfinals, with the Finns leading the team to a 4: 3 victory and the Swedish team with seven points to become the best group runners-up. SCL Tigers’ Harry Besonen scored the winning goal 62 minutes later for Finns, who had previously trailed 3-0 after three Swedish power play goals.
Group C: Slovakia 5-2 Latvia
Slovakia finished third in Group C, beating Latvia 5-2. Lawson striker Ronald Kenneth was concerned about the Latvians’ 1-1 draw in the 16th minute. However, in the middle third, the Slovaks came out on top with a two-goal lead and did not let this snatch the advantage.
Group A: USA 3-2 Germany
After the victories over China and Canada, the United States also won its third preliminary round match and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over Germany. Pyongyang’s finalist Patrick Hager gave them a 1-0 lead 2 minutes later. After that, the American favorites took command of the game. Nathan Smith’s 3-1 lead in the 43rd minute eventually made a decisive difference. Tom Kühnhackl’s goal in the 58th minute opened the scoring, but Bern’s Dominic Cohen could not equalize again.
Group A: China 0-5 Canada
Despite an unbeaten run in the group stage, Canada missed out on a chance to advance directly to the quarterfinals. 6 points is not enough for maple leaves. The game against the host without a chance was already decided after 10 minutes and Eric O’Dell’s 3-0. In the quarterfinal qualifiers, the fight will take place again on Tuesday.
SRF Two, “Beijing Live”, February 13, 2022, 2:55 am; czu / agencies
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