Slovakia 4 Belarus 2
Thirteens were lucky for the Slovaks today as they defeated Belarus 4-2. Yes thirteen. As in 13 shots in the first, 13 shots in the second and, you guessed it, 13 shots in the third.
Slovakia got things rolling at the 6:56 mark of the first with a delayed penalty coming to Belarus and Slovak goaltender Adam Huska on the bench for an extra attacker. The Slovaks worked the puck to the point where a Patrik Koch slapper found its way threw a maze of players and hit the twine.
Belarus would tie the game at 11:33 of the period. Vadim Malinovski found himself all alone in front of Huska. He fanned on his backhand but recovered and fired the puck passed Huska. Belarus would end the period with 9 shots on goal.
Belarus would get a powerplay early in the second. At the tail end of their man advantage, as Ruslan Vasilchuk banged in a rebound to give Belarus their first lead of the game. The period would end in a 2-2 stalemate. Belarus would fire 11 shots on goal.
It took just 19 seconds into the third for the Slovaks to take the lead. A clean face off win went right to Lukas Hrusik who then fired a one-timer passed Belarus goaltender Ivan Kulbakov.
Five minutes later Belarus made a goaltending change that would last 7 or 8 minutes before Kulbakov returned.
The game ended in rather bizarre fashion. With Kulbakov on the bench for an extra attacker. Juraj Siska broke out of his zone down the left wing. Kulbakov jumped out from his bench to stop him but fell and hurt his leg. Siska’s shot at the goal was blocked by a defender but the referee called it an automatic goal with 19 seconds remaining.
Denmark 2 Switzerland 1
Maybe so. The Swiss were missing 3 players serving suspensions from their opener versus Sweden and could very well face delegation after this loss.
The Swiss opened the scoring 8:21 into the first as Noah Rod tipped in a floater from the point to beat a surprised Thomas Lillie.
The Swiss would hold the 1-0 lead until early into the third period. Soeren Nielsen would carry the puck into the Swiss zone and fire a hard wrister over a falling defenceman and passed goaltender Joren van Pottelberghe.
Denmark would take the lead at 6:20 when Mathias From broke down the left wing and fired a shot on goal. Van Pottelberghe made the original stop but couldn’t hold on and From banged in his own rebound.
After the final whistle a scrum ensued and Denmark’s Mathias Lassen was assessed a five minute major and game misconduct for a check to the head.