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Ice Hockey World Championship: Latvia gains victory over USA

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn an intense and dramatic game this Thursday, May 15th, Latvian hockey team won against USA with a score of 6:5 (2:1, 1:2, 3:2).

Over the course of the match, Latvian players would repeatedly gain the advantage. Americans would always get at them, however. The deciding shot was made in the last six minutes of the match.

Gints Meija, Miķelis Rēdlihs, Aleksandrs Ņiživijs, Kaspars Daugaviņš, Zemgus Girgensons and Herberts Vasiļjevs each scored one by one for Latvia.

The match began somewhat calmly, giving advantage to opponents. Nevertheless, Meija managed to open the score on the fourth minute of the first period. Even though Americans performed more shots, they could not create dangerous situations. On the eighth minute of the first period, Herberts Vasiļjevs used an opportunity in the opponents’ zone.

Craig Smith managed to equalize the score (1:1), using the opportunity provided by replacements in Latvia’s team. Latvia nevertheless managed to regain the lead in the first period – in a fast offensive manoeuvre, Ronalds Ķēniņš’s shot was deflected by Tim Thomas, but the puck was sent directly to Miķelis Rēdlihs, who did not miss. With that, Latvia gained the lead with a score of 2:1.

The beginning of the second period was intense – Americans launched an active offensive. On the second minute of the second period, Kristaps Sotnieks send the puck away from empty gates. This offensive concluded when Americans spend more than a minute near the Latvian gates with a five-on-three situation. However, they failed to take advantage of the situation, sending the puck from the zone multiple times.

Latvia’s team managed to use a numerical advantage against their opponents as well when their opponents’ team suffered two penalties, giving Latvians an opportunity to play five-on-three. But Latvia’s team also failed to create any dangerous situations. In the end, however, Aleksandrs Ņiživijs managed to score for his team, making the score 3:1.

Americans did even the score in the end. Brok Nelson managed to score after Juris Štāls was sent to the penalty box. Two minutes later, Tayler Johnson scored as well, making the score 3:3.

Sotnieks was sent to the penalty box for 2+2 minutes for hitting an opponent player in the face, leaving the Latvian team to play in minority. The team managed to carry through the two minutes before ending up in minority again. The second period ended for Latvia with 14 penalty minutes; the score remained 3:3.

The third period had few dangerous moments, but eight minutes prior to the end of main time Latvia managed to regain the advantage – Daugaviņš had performed a successful shot in an excellent individual move. The American team did manage to score again after this – with a precise shot delivered by Seth Jones. Latvia refused to give up, and after 69 second managed to regain the lead with 5:4. Following a pass from Mārtiņš Cipuļis’, Herberts Vasiļjevs scored for his team, making the score 6:4.

Americans replaced Thomas for a sixth player and managed to gain one more goal. Nevertheless, Latvia’s team played it safe for the remainder of the match, thus gaining another victory in the championship.

Girgensons was chosen as the best player of Latvia’s team.

This was the first time since 2001 when Latvia’s team managed to defeat Americans. This finally put an end to the series of six previous failures.


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