It has already been reported that the Latvian men’s hockey team reached the semi-finals of the world championship for the first time in history on Thursday, defeating Sweden in the quarter-finals in Riga with a score of 3:1 (1:0, 0:1, 2:0). Latvia will play the semi-final match against Canada and the fight for medals at the weekend in Tampere.
“After the match against Switzerland, we realized that we were on a wave and we could win. We knew that they would try to play for mastery and try to play until an empty goal. We executed our game plan,” said Krastenberg, highlighting the team’s selfless play in the minority.
“We are not afraid and we are ready to give our all. We all saw how Kristaps Zīle blocked shots with his face. We are confident in ourselves and we knew that Artūrs Shilovs was behind us, but we also wanted to catch the pucks that we could take on ourselves,” continued the hockey player.
The Latvian hockey team has defeated Sweden in regular time for the first time. The Swedes were considered favorites in this match as well.
“Looking at the lineup, it’s understandable that we didn’t travel here to lose. We traveled to win easily to go back to Tampere. We surprised not only the Swedes, but also many others in the world,” admitted Krastenberg, who noted that he grew as the winning streak continued. also team confidence. “The game is getting out of hand for Shilov, we are all blocking shots, the goal is falling in – we are just enjoying the game.”
Krastenberg, who was registered for the championship only after the third game, participating in the following five matches, admitted that the emotions will only grow. “We are in the semi-finals – it already sounds fantastic,” said the 22-year-old striker.
In the semifinals, Latvia will meet Canada on Saturday in Tampere at 2:20 p.m., and the USA will play Germany at 6:20 p.m.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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