In its first match at the Ice Hockey World Championship played on April 29 in Bratislava, the Slovak national team beat the Slovenian team 3:1. The Slovenians scored the first goal in the 23rd minute as the Slovak defence had problems fighting off the Slovenian strikers but in the 36th minute, Slovakia’s Miroslav Šatan managed to equalise the score and the team reversed the course of the match, winning 3:1.
Šatan expressed hope to the SITA newswire that the Slovak team would improve its tournament performance as more NHL players join the team over the course of the championship as their teams are eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
In the match on May 1 against Germany the Slovak team failed to capitalise on several early chances, made several mistakes, and were losing 0:4 to the German national team in the beginning of the third period. But the Slovaks managed to score three goals quickly in the third period to add a high level of excitement to the match. The game ended with a final score 0f 4:3 for the German team.
Several Slovak players told SITA that if the match had lasted longer Slovakia could have achieved a draw and maybe even won in an overtime period. Currently, Germany would go to the next round in first place while the Slovenians will battle for a win to play further in the championship. Slovakia will play the Russian national team on Tuesday May 3 at 20:15 in Bratislava.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. May 2011 at 14:00