Almost two weeks ago, the Czech Republic started with a 3-2 win in a brother duel against Slovakia and then solved the mandatory task against Kazakhstan (5: 1). They lost 4-3 overtime in Rīga to co-hosts Latvia. As expected, Slovenia (6-2) and Norway (2-0) were in control. But when it came to the well-known opponents of Group B, the Czechs conceded bankruptcies against Switzerland (2:4) and Canada (1:3) and slipped down to fourth place.
With this grandiose march-through, the Americans rose to become a tournament favourite. After a long time, the team seems to have what it takes to make a big hit again. After the last of the two world championship titles in 1960, there were at best bronze medals at world championships – seven in all. The last third place dates back to 2021. Twelve months ago they finished fourth in the World Cup.
As the only undefeated team in the tournament, Team USA picked up 20 of a possible 21 points and thus secured victory in Group A. Only at the end of the preliminary round against Sweden, the US boys didn’t have enough 60 minutes, but they still won after a good one and a half minutes in extra time. With 34 goals scored, the North Americans are by far the measure of all things at this World Cup. Defensively, only Sweden conceded a goal less (7).
Welcome to the Ice Hockey World Championship! In the title fights of the runner cracks, the knockout phase begins. Today is the quarterfinals. From 3:20 p.m. CEST, the USA and the Czech Republic, among others, will have to deal with each other.
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