In Tampere, the Austrians beat Hungary 4-3 (1-2, 2-1, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0) in the penalty shootout in their last match of subgroup A, which will leave the strongest division.
Istvan Sofron gave the Hungarians the lead after just over eight minutes of play in the first period, but the Austrians equalized about four minutes later with Marco Rossi scoring the majority of the goals. In the last minute of the third period, Hungary also used the majority and Sofron regained the one-goal advantage.
In the second third, Hungary’s advantage was increased to two accurate shots by Milan Horváts. The Austrians responded with a goal two and a half minutes later, Steven Strong sending the puck into the Hungarian goal, but less than 11 minutes later, the result became a draw after Lukas Haudum’s accurate shot.
Manuel Ganál and Dominik Heinrich sent the puck into the Hungarian goal in a series of shots after the game.
In Group A, the USA is the leader with 18 points in six games, Sweden has 17 points, and Finland has 13 points, all of which have already secured a place in the playoffs. Germany has nine points, Denmark has eight points, France has four points, Austria has three points in seven matches, followed by Hungary with the same number of points.
On the other hand, in the “Arena Rīga” subgroup B game, Kazakhstan defeated Slovenia with a score of 4:3 (1:1, 1:1, 2:1), which had already bid farewell to remaining in the elite division before the last round match.
Slovenia took the lead after 90 seconds played through Anž Kuralt, but Nikita Mihailis scored Kazakhstan’s majority late in the first period to level the score at 1-1.
At the beginning of the second period, Kuralts regained a one-goal advantage for the Slovenians, but this time the Kazakhs tied the game at the end of the third period, Batirlan Muratov scoring in the last minute of the game.
The final third also started with Slovenia’s shot at Kazakhstan’s goal, this time Jan Drozg scored. In the 52nd minute of the match, Yevgeniis Rimarev successfully ended the counterattack, beating the Slovenian goalkeeper, and made it 3:3. Less than five minutes before the end of the match, Maksim Muhametov put Kazakhstan in the lead.
In Group B, Switzerland has 18 points in six games, the Czech Republic has 13 points and Canada has 12 points, which have already secured a place in the playoffs. Latvia has collected 11 points, Slovakia has eight points, Kazakhstan has seven points in seven matches, Norway has six points in six matches, but Slovenia ended the World Championship without points.
The 16 teams participating in the tournament are divided into two groups, with eight teams each, which guarantees seven games for each team. The top four teams in each sub-group will continue the fight for medals in the quarter-finals, while the weaker teams from both groups will leave the stronger division, and next year Poland and Great Britain will be among the top 16 instead.
Last year, the Finns won the world championships, beating Canada in the decisive match.
The World Championship, which is jointly hosted by the Finnish city of Tampere and Riga, will take place until May 28.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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