It has already been reported that the Latvian men’s hockey team, playing in the semi-finals of the world championship for the first time in its history, lost to Canada on Saturday in Tampere with the result 2:4 (1:0, 1:1, 0:3) and the championship will end on Sunday with the fight for bronze medals.
“We didn’t manage to start the third period the way we wanted. On the other hand, they also managed to score a goal quickly and gained confidence. In an unfortunate situation, we let in the second goal, the third was also one that shouldn’t be allowed,” said Batnia.
In the final period, the Canadians did not give the Latvian hockey players many opportunities and the opportunity to fight back was undermined by Batnia’s push on the rim against Mackenzie Wieger three minutes before the end of regular time.
“You shouldn’t get a rejection like that in a situation where you have to play back. The guys should apologize for that, but it’s hockey where you can’t do without mistakes. Before that, I was elbowed in the face, maybe that’s why my emotions kicked up and I got a bad rejection,” said Batnia.
About 8,669 spectators attended the match between Latvia and Canada, a large part of whom were fans of the Latvian national team.
“I take my hat off to our fans – for so many to come here in such a short period of time,” said Batnia, who arrived in Tampere with his teammates on Friday morning shortly after the victory in the quarterfinals. “We were quite energetic, but the outcome is what it is.”
At 6:20 p.m., the second semi-final is scheduled for the same place in Tampere, in which hockey players from Germany and the USA will compete. The game for bronze is scheduled for Sunday at 3:20 p.m., and the final – at 8:20 p.m.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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