Czechs beat Latvia, face Canada next at Ice Hockey World Championship
The Czech Republic has kept its hopes of advancing at the Ice Hockey World Championship alive after beating Latvia 3:1 on Monday, but they will have to earn one more point in the final stage if they are to qualify for the knockout rounds. On Tuesday afternoon the team will face Canada and will need a win or at worst a tie in regulation time.
“We scored two goals short-handed and while that seems unusual, we’re really just happy that we won. We knew what was at stake and we knew that we had to win no matter what.”
Advancement to the next stage is not yet a done deal for the Czechs: they will need a point from their game against Canada later on Tuesday or they will face a deeply disappointing exit. A loss would mean the Czech Republic’s worst result ever in the World Championship; until now, the Czech Republic’s worst finish was seventh in 1994 in Italy and even then that came after the team had advanced but lost in the quarterfinal round.