Sweden start strong against Slthese are
In a game that featured a total of 10 power plays and 24 penalty minutes, Sweden managed to come out on top and win their first game of the tournament 4-1 over Slovakia.
The first 40 minutes were dominated by penalties, with Sweden converting three in the first and two in the second, while Slovakia had its only foul on Adam Belusk.
Zeb Forsfjall scored the game’s first goal at 38:35, which surprisingly wasn’t a power play marker. Slovakia were awarded a late high penalty and the two teams traded fierce encounters late in the period to really liven up a game that was clearly dominated by hatred.
Ondrej Molnar converted a free kick early in the third, but that didn’t stop the Slovaks from scoring shortly after. At 45:44, a goal by Samuel Barczyk tied the score and gave the team some life. It was short-lived, however, as a penalty shot by Peter Ciesar just 10 seconds later allowed Otto Stenberg to capitalize on the power play and David Edstrom scored at 53:56 to make it 3-1. Slovakia were desperate late on but Stenberg’s goal sealed the deal for Sweden.
Finland fights back and defeats the USA
After a shootout loss against the Czech Republic on Sunday, Finland bounced back with a 4-1 win over the United States despite being kicked out.
The Americans held a 31-23 shot advantage on Monday and even scored early on a layup by Quentin Masty at 2:53 of the first.
Emil Jarventier answered with one of his own at 8:05, and from there the Finns were doing the damage where it mattered most.
Maxim Yeliseev’s goal at 27:57 gave Finland their first advantage, and Tuomas Uronen scored a man advantage goal at 35:44 to tie the score.
He capped it off with another goal in the third, while 2024 draft prospect Emile Viney hung on until the end to secure the win, making 30 saves to Kelvin Vashon’s 19.
Czech Republic perfect after beating Germany
The Czech Republic remains unbeaten after two days of the tournament after a convincing 7-2 win over Germany on Monday.
The game got off to a blistering start with Eduard Sale (41 seconds) and Timo Ruckdaschel (52 seconds) setting the early scores to set the stage for a wild affair.
At the 2:53 mark, Dominik Piotr scored on the Czech Republic’s next big scoring chance, and Matteo Cocci scored at the 10:05 mark to extend the lead to two goals.
Two more goals by Salah made the hat-trick only in the 26th minute of the game. That led to a German goaltending change, but Andrey Fabry and Adam Xabi scored six seconds apart late in the second to spoil an early good performance by Dodge, who made it 7-1. Linus Brundl scored on a power play 15 seconds into the third period for Germany, but the damage was already done and didn’t add much to the German comeback effort.
Hlinka Gretzky Cup preview: Sweden, Czech Republic look good, Finland bounces back
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