After losing to the Czech Republic on Thursday where Tre Kronor lost their 2-0 lead to a 2-4 loss in the last period, it was a knife in the throat for the Swedish side.
Then there were three games left and all of them had to be won in order for the playoffs to still have a chance.
The first hurdle, Great Britain (4-1) was overcome on Friday.
Tonight, Slovakia is waiting (19.15 Sweden time).
Since the end against Russia tomorrow night.
If Sweden gets the pot, the team will also have to wait during the last day of group matches on Tuesday – when the team is ready to play – to see if there will be a playoff or a failed train.
Of course the press knows, we know we have to win. But I think journalism comes more from the inside than the outside, at least on my part. Everyone wants to play well, so it’s just a matter of keeping calm for as long as possible and once the disc is released we’ll probably have a lot of energy, he says of tonight’s mission.
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Marcus Sorensen suffered a thaw in the last game in a new environment. The San Jose striker has been goalless so far in the World Cup, but has joined a new streak with brothers Quimby, Adrian and Mario. Sörensen finished with three points, one goal and two assists.
The trio assembled for the warm-up of today’s match, just before lunch at the Olympic Sports Center in Riga, and are looking forward to getting a chance tonight once again.
It was a very good feeling, we made a lot and had to score two goals. We have challenged the defense all the time and everyone can beat their old men. It was a good first game, so it’s something to build on, says Sörensen, who scored in numerical superiority and Mario Quimpi with two goals.
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– It’s always good to score goals, but the most important thing is that we win. But everything gets a little easier when you get a position again and have better self-confidence, he says.
Federation captain Johann Garbenlov said he had a good atmosphere in the team during the warm-up period.
– It’s a positive feeling in the group, everyone understands what the match means and we believe we are on the right track as a group and are playing better and better as a team. The beginning will be important and we will begin. Then we have a good chance of winning, he says.
Slovakia mixed and got stuck in the World Cup, beating the Russian team 3-1, but also losing to Switzerland 1-8. The duo of Leksand Peter Cehlarik and Marek Hrivik – both of whom moved to the KHL before next season – took the offensive. Shahlarik leads the points league in the World Cup with eight points, three goals and five assists.
– It’s a four-game winning team, so has good self-confidence, has a leading streak that produces and plays hockey well. Garbinlov says we should have a guard on him and be careful when they are on the ice.
The top four teams go to the quarter-finals of Group A and six teams go into the fight. With an equal number of points, the joint meeting decides. Location:
1) Switzerland 12 points.
Left to face: 1/6 UK.
Joint encounter with Sweden: loss, 0-7.
2) Russia (Republic of China) 12.
Remaining: 5/31 Sweden, 1/6 Belarus.
3) Slovakia 12.
Remaining: 30/5 Sweden, 1/6 Czech Republic.
4) Czech Republic 8.
Remaining: 5/31 Denmark, 1/6 Slovakia.
Joint meeting with Sweden: 4-2 win.
5) Denmark 8.
Remaining: 31/5 Czech Republic.
Joint meeting with Sweden: 4-3 win.
Remaining on the face: 30/5 Slovakia, 31/5 Russia.
17 Great Britain and eighth Belarus, both with 4 points, could not reach the playoffs.