A good start – hockey players win France in the game


Mārtiņš Dzierkals

Mārtiņš Dzierkals

Photo: LHF

Latvia's hockey team continued to prepare for the next World Cup on Friday, the first game in a match with a score of 3: 2 (0: 2, 1: 0, 1: 0, 0: 0, 1: 0 ) in the French national team.

Oskars Batņa scored his first goal in the Latvian team, while Maris Bičevskis also excelled in his regular time.

The result of this game was already discovered in the second 36 by hockey player Charlie Betrane, but in general, the Latvian team had a modest first period, leaving only one chance to score. In turn, 27 seconds before the end of the third 2: 0 was reached by Antoni Resh.

In the second period, the Latvian team was already playing much more vigorously, and in one of the episodes, Elvis Biezais entered the gate alone but did not hit the goalkeeper. It was in this corner of the battle that the guests managed to minimize the difference – Emil Ginger played very well in the defense, which, taking his rival puck, passed to Batn, making the result 1: 2.

In the last third, Latvian hockey players were actively trying to defeat, which was a success just under five minutes before the end of the main time when Bičevskis made a sharp pass into the goal but beat the French hockey team.

The base ended with a draw, but the duel of both teams continued in the extension where France had a great chance to score but the home team did not scratch the empty goal. Ress did not use the penalty just after, as Kristers Gudevskis rescued the Latvian team from the loss of the goal.

The gate was not made in extension, so the winner had to find out in a series of shots after the shot, where Latvia won by Martins Dzierkals and Edgar Kulds.

On Sunday, the bachelors of Grenoble will meet again. This Latvia has its first test matches before the World Cup.

The team in France has made a modest composition, as there are no leaders like Mick Indruck, Kaspars Daugavins, Kristaps Zile, Kristaps Sotnieks, Ralf Freiberg and Rodrigo Apple, as well as the brothers Robert and Rihards Bukarte.

The players who did not go to France are falling in the Volvo Hall.

Since Omsk Avangard, the team of the Continental Hockey League (KHL), headed by Latvian national team coach Bob Hartley, only finished the race on Friday in the Gagarin Cup final, the Latvian team is currently entrusted to Artis Aalborg , Edgar Masalskis and Valery Kullibab. Erik Visockis takes care of physical fitness.

The selection of Latvia in this world championship will have to be without hockey players such as Zemgus Girgenson, Mielis Riedlihs, Andris Džeriņš, Martins Karsums and Ivars Punnenovs. Goalkeeper Elvis Merzikin is still in the National Hockey League (NHL) club, Columbus's Blue Jackets. Likewise, it is unlikely that goalkeeper Janis Kalniņš will play in planetary championships.

It is expected that next week the composition of the sample will be complemented by Teodor Bluger, and potential leaders such as Rudolfs Balcers and Lauris Dārziņš will also be welcome, but Guntis Galviņš continues the season in the Czech Republic.

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After the matches of the French national team, the next match of the Latvian team will be in front of its spectators, when, on April 24 and 25, the Arena of Riga will host the powerful Russia. Tickets for these games can be purchased at www.bilesuserviss.lv.

Meanwhile, the last check-in for the national unit of Latvia is scheduled for 3 and 4 May on a trip to Switzerland.

The world championship in Slovakia will begin on May 10, while the Latvian team in Bratislava will meet with national teams from Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden and Norway. By entering the top four teams, the team will ensure a quarterly finish.

Meanwhile, France will play in the second group with Canada, the US, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Denmark and the United Kingdom.



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