Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament, Russia – Sweden semifinals. Sweden’s Anton Lander (58) scores and equalizes for 1: 1. (February 18, 2022)
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Every year, the Swedish national team is one of the favorites to win precious metal at the World Cup. Also this year, he enters the tournament in a strong lineup led by seven NHL players. The defense will be managed by Oliver Ekman Larsson, and one of the offensive threats is Emil Bemström.

The 2018 world champions have been waiting for medal success in recent years. They did not advance from the group at the last World Championships in Riga and finished fourth in the Beijing Olympics when they lost to Slovakia 0-4 in a bronze medal match.

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The national team for the top hockey tournament consists of players from the Austrian, Swiss or Swedish leagues. Czech fans will be interested in the name of Peter Schneider, who started in Brno and is not missing in the nomination.

The Austrian team’s promise is 22-year-old Benjamin Baumgartner, who was drafted by New Jersey in 2020. The Austrians replaced one of the suspended countries in the World Cup elite group that took part in the war in Ukraine.

World Cup

Group B 14. 5. 2022 11:20

the match is in progress

Goals:
02:08 Kellman (Klingberg, Bengtsson)

Goals:

Sets:
Högberg (Hellberg) – Larsson (A), Dahlin, Ekman-Larsson (C), Gustafsson, Tömmernes, Lindholm – Wallmark, Bemström, Bromé – Friberg, Kellman, Asplund – Bengtsson, Nordström (A), Klingberg.

Sets:
Starkbaum (Kickert) – Hackl, Maier, Zündel, Heinrich (A), Wolf, Kirchschläger, Wimmer, Brunner – Ganahl (A), Haudum, Kasper – Schneider, Raffl (C), Nissner – Lebler, Feldner, Baumgartner – Wukowits, Achermann, Huber.

Referee: Frandsen (DEN), Rohatsch (GER) – Kroyer (DEN), Obwegeser (SUI)

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The Finns confirmed their role as favorites in the duel of the two Nordic teams. At the start of the World Cup, they dealt with Nora 5-0 yesterday and recorded an important victory on the way to the next medal.

Suomi scored at least one goal in each period. Toni Rajala shone with a three-point performance, adding two assists to the goal. Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Olkinuora came out of the match with a clear shield.

Latvia received four goals from the USA in the first match of the World Cup, while forward Andris Jerins corrected the final 1: 4. The encounter was particularly challenging for Elvis Merzlikins.

The goalie in the service of Columbus faced twenty-five American shots and recorded a success rate of just over 86%. He will probably have another challenging evening against the Finns.