The German national team suffered its first defeat at the World Ice Hockey Championship held in Riga, losing to Kazakhstan 2: 3. On the other hand, Canada defeated Norway 4: 2 after three losers. Adam Henrique of Anaheim Ducks scored two goals for the winners.
In the remaining Wednesday matches, Russia beat Denmark 3-0, and Great Britain beat Belarus 4-3.
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The Russians advanced in Group A, but the undefeated Slovaks did not play their match in the fourth round. Despite the defeat, Germany tops Group B, ahead of the tournament hosts, the defending Latvians and Finns, by two points.
The teams participating in the tournament were severely weakened. There are no stars to compete in the NHL for the Stanley Cup. The cut-off stage across the ocean did not begin until Saturday.
In the first part of the tournament, 16 teams were divided into two groups. The top four players will advance to the quarter-finals and the competition will continue in the cup system.
Because of the epidemic, last year’s championship was canceled, and in 2021 only the competition at the highest level will be held. This means that no elite team will leave and the same teams will play in next year’s World Cup, which will be held in Finland.
The Poles performed at the elite for the last time in 2002. They are currently in the third level of the game.