The Latvian national hockey team gives way to Switzerland in the test game

Latvia lost to Switzerland with the result 2: 5 (0: 3, 1: 0, 1: 2).

After three minutes of play, the home side managed to get a 1 – 0 lead as Dominikam Egli flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.

In the 15th minute of the match, after the rejection of Oscar Batna, playing in the majority, Kavins Tērkaufs achieved 3: 0.

In the second period, Switzerland earned four two-minute rejections, and Latvia managed to use the third majority, scoring the goal for Jānis Jaks after the passes of Ronald Ķēniņš and Rihards Bukarts.

In the opening third, after the pass from Richard Marne, Nikolay Yeliseev broadcast the puck to the Swiss goal from the front (2: 3).

Meanwhile, three minutes before the end of regular time, the majority used the home team to regain a two-goal lead (4: 2).

In the final minute and a half, Latvia played with six players on the field, and with the signal of the end of the game, the Swiss hockey players still managed to send the puck into the empty goal.

On Sunday at 16.30 the two teams will cross the sticks again.

The national team will test the matches against Switzerland without the head coach of the national team Harry Vītoliņš, who is ill.

The coaches have selected three goalkeepers, nine defenders and 14 strikers for these games. Meanwhile, Patriks Zabusovs, Artūrs Andžāns, Oskars Lapinskis, Raimonds Vītoliņš, Klāvs Veinbergs, Toms Andersons, Kristaps Zīle and Kristaps Sotnieks remained in Riga and conducted trainings.

Last week, Latvian hockey players played test matches with France, losing 1: 2 first and winning 3: 2 a day later. On May 8 and 9, there will be matches at home in “Arena Riga” with Kazakhstan.

The Latvian national team at the World Championships in Group B in Tampere crossed sticks with Finland, the United States, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain and Austria. Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Italy and France will play in Group A. Helsinki.

It has already been reported that after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the International Hockey Federation (IIHF) suspended all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from competitions organized by the IIHF.

Russia and Belarus will be replaced by France and Austria, which ranked the highest selection of countries not expected to play in the top division.

The 2022 World Championships in Finland are scheduled for May 13-29.

Candidates for the Latvian men’s hockey team for test matches with Switzerland:

Goalkeepers: Gustav Dāvis Grigals (University of Alaska Fairbanks, NCAA), Ēriks Vītols (“Zemgale” / LLU), Patriks Bērziņš (“Liepāja”);

Defenders: Jānis Jaks (“Sochi”, KHL), Kārlis Čukste (Lahti “Pelicans”, Finland), Roberts Mamčics (“Linkoping”, Sweden), Arvils Bergmanis (University of Alaska Fairbanks, NCAA), Ernest Ošenieks (Kiekko-Vantaa) “, Finland), Arthur Kulda (Krefeld” Pinguine “, Germany), Nauris Sējējs (” Chaux-de-Fonds “, Switzerland), Sandis Smons (Geneva” Servette “, Switzerland), Patrick Ozols (” Zemgale “/ LLU) ;

Attackers: Mārtiņš Dzierkals (Škoda, Pilsen, Czech Republic), Richard Bucharest (Admiral of Vladivostok, KHL), Robert Bucharest (Ridera, Czech Republic), Andris Dzerins (Linz “Black Hawks”, Austria), Richard Maren Vita Hasten, Sweden), Denis Smirnovs (Geneva Servette, Switzerland), Daniel Berzins (Jiviskeles JYP, Finland), Ronalds Könins (Lausanne, Switzerland), Miks Indras (Biel-Bienne, Switzerland) , Oskars Batņa (Mikeli “Jukurit”, Finland), Renārs Krastenbergs (Villach VSV, Austria), Edgars Kulda (“Zemgale” / LLU), Rodrigo Ābols (“Orebro”, Sweden), Nikolajs Jelisejevs (MoDo) ).

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