The Riga Recap: Day 9

We’ve hit the 9th day of tournament action in Latvia at the men’s World Hockey Championships! It’s been great so far but there is still a ton of hockey to be played. Let’s recap the six games played on day 9 of the tournament.

The first game of the day was between the Czech Republic and Great Britain. In the first period of play, Great Britain held the Czech Republic to just one goal. The Czechs added three goals in the second before Great Britain was able to get on the board. They went into the intermission with the Czech Republic leading 4-1. The Czech Republic continued their offence in the third period and took the Group A match, 6-1.

The second game of the day was in Group B between Italy and Kazakhstan. It was a one-sided offensive explosive as Kazakhstan took the game 11-3. They only led 3-1 after two periods but come the third period, the puck found the back of the net eight times.

The next game from Group A was a matchup that saw Russia beat Switzerland, 4-1. The game stayed tight with Russia scoring the game’s first goal late in the second period. Switzerland’s Nico Hischier scored to tie the game up in the third period but Russia scored three unanswered goals late in the third period to claim the 4-1 victory.

Group B’s next game of the day was between the USA and Norway. The USA was up 2-0 before the halfway point of the game. These goals came from Conor Garland and Tage Thompson. With less than six minutes to go in the game, Norway scored to cut the USA’s lead in half. Their push to tie the game came up short and the USA won 2-1.

The final Group A game of the day was between Denmark and Slovakia. The game remained scoreless until the 47:13 mark when Slovakia scored. Just five minutes later, they added another goal for insurance. Slovakia took the game 2-0.

The final game of the day was in Group B. A tight game between Finland and Germany ended in a 2-1 win for the Finns. Anton Lundell scored 6:17 into the first period to give Finland a 1-0 lead. Korbinian Holzer tied it up for Germany in the second period. Heading into the final frame, it was anyone’s game to win. With under 10 minutes remaining, Arttu Ruotsalainen scored what would be the game-winning goal for Finland.

Day 10 has four great matchups on the schedule. In Group A, Belarus will play Switzerland and Slovakia will play Sweden. Group B will open the day with a game between Italy and Canada and then Finland will take on Latvia.

Be sure to come back to Unbenched following each day of the IIHF Men’s World Championship to read the Riga Recaps and get all of the details about the previous day’s action in Latvia.

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