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Slovakia took control of the game about 7th place several times but Poland showed great fighting spirit.
Poland scored to 5-5 in the beginning of the third period but Slovakia replicated with three goals in two minutes by Michal Dudovic, Michal Miske and Ronald Gasparik.
– The game was different then the matches in the group. We tried some counterattacks and it was really good. It´s hard to find some words for it, I´m really happy, says Slovakian player Michal Miske.
When Erik Moravcik scored 9-5 with five minutes left, everyone thought the match was over.
But not Poland. With Rafal Zacher (16.15), Jakub Korczak (17.44) and Wojciech Malajka (18.17) scoring it was a dramatic end of the game.
Slovakia won, 9-8, and is still in the A-division.
– It´s important for the next generation but I am a little bit ashamed over the loss against Denmark. It was a really bad day for us, says Michal Miske.
Players of the game
Poland: Jakub Korczak
Slovakia: Michal Miske
In what can only be described as a roller coaster of a game Hungary defeated Canada by 8-10 after taking control of the game late in the third period.
Canadian captain Cameron Buck shows the way for the Canadians with a goal within the first two minutes of the game. But within minutes Hungary’s Norbert Kvasznicska answers with a goal of his own. Toward the middle of the first period it looks like Hungary might be getting a grip on the game when Denes Nagy gives them a 2-4 lead. But Canada come back and after switching the lead a couple times Canada’s Cedric Grenapin gives Canada a 6-5 upper hand going into the third period.
But in the third Hungary step up. Tamas Hoffmann scores two in a row and even though Canada score in five on three and then five on four, Hungary go on to win 8-10. This means Hungary snag the 13th place and Canada finish 14th.
Players of the game
Canada: Felix Robillard
Hungary: Kvasznicska Norbe
Sweden is celebrating their place in the final after winning 9-4 against Czech Republic.
– We played fantastic, says Filip Wiklund.
Czech Republic began best in the semi-final in VIDA Arena. After 20 minutes they had the lead 2-1. But early in the second period the game changed completely. Filip Wiklund scored the equalizer after only six seconds and then Sweden continued scoring up to 5-2.
– We had a serious talk before the second period and said that we had to play with our heart. That worked, says Filip Wiklund.
Czech Republic did 3-5 and 4-5, but in the third period Sweden began dominating again. Oskar Malmgren did three assists in a row and Sweden won 9-4.
– We played fantastic, says Wiklund.
Sweden plays against Finland in the final tomorrow at 15.30 pm.
Players of the game:
Sweden: Oskar Hovlund
Czech Republic: Josef Juha