Henrik Tömmernes left the winning match against Great Britain prematurely after a blow.
Now the Tre Kronor captain himself says he will play and is looking forward to Sunday’s game to be won.
We have a tough match against Slovakia but we showed before that we played well against the big countries in the group, so it’s important that we find energy, recharge and take this match as a seven again because we need all the points we can, says the captain.
In the match against Great Britain, Tömmernes left the ice and went straight to the locker room after a blow to the upper body.
When Tre Kronor actually lost Nils Lundkvist to injury, there were probably many who held their breath.
However, the captain was back for the game and during Saturday, positive news came from the hill ahead of Sunday’s game against Slovakia.
– I feel good and play tomorrow. I got slapped on the upper body and only had a minute left of this period, so I had better go in and check everything is OK, he says.
The match against Great Britain, which ended in a 4-1 victory, was the first of three indispensable matches for Trey Kronor if you wanted a chance in the playoffs.
And that the victory and the three points were important, that’s not something Tomernes clings to under the chair.
Of course it was a very important victory and we got it yesterday. I think we’re doing a good game despite the tough start where they scored their goal, but now we’re in the tournament again and we have two games to get the maximum points and hopefully that’s enough to take us to the playoffs, he says.
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Slovakia comes to Sunday’s match by losing a fight against Switzerland 1-8 in the bag.
But the way things have gone for opponents isn’t something Tre Kronor is more focused on. They are more interested in how the opponents play rather than whether they score points or not.
At the same time, they track the team’s two big stars.
– First of all, it is about what we have to do. When we play our game and everyone does what we talked about, we know we’re a good team, and we’ve shown that. So it is important to get it within 60 minutes. Slovakia has some skilled players, especially the recognized Hrivik and Schlarik from the Swedish league who are skilled and good at strong play, says Tommerns and continues:
– They have the lead and they have shown it, but a lot is about what we are achieving and if we can have a good game in 60 minutes, we have a good chance of winning, says Hill.
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Tömmernes also thinks he knows how the Swedish national team should act to stop the duo that played at Leksand last winter.
– Above all, it is to maintain discipline, they are good at playing the force. But as always, it’s important to be close to the big players and get good hits at home and sort where we’re pressing when we can, but other than that, we accept that they can get a lot of the puck, but we’re strong in the middle, he says.
For the 30-year-old, this is his first time in a World Cup.
After 37 points in 44 league games for Geneva Servet, there were 12 points in 11 playoff games so the level was good when Hill joined the national team.
And in the opening five World Cup matches, there were four points for the hill who was also assigned to be captain.
– At first it was up and down but you improved every game when you got into it. For my part, it feels good. In powerplay we create a lot of modes, but we don’t really set them, so that’s probably the last thing you want to achieve. Otherwise, he feels good, he says of his own efforts.