07.07.22, 10:52
Will the co-favourite get offensively rolling?

Canada has to fight Czechia for the semi-finals

by Niklas Aßfalg/Adam Steiss

Canada will have to face Czechia at the 2022 IIHF eWorld Championship in the fight for a place in the semi-finals – the offence could play a decisive role.

With 17 points from six games, Canada has entered the quarter-finals without any problems. Although the scoring of Sayed Safir 'SafirSnipezGOLD' Sodouri and Justin 'Regs84' Reguly was by far the weakest of all group winners.

While Team USA (57), Sweden (56) and Finland (55) were putting dozens of pucks in the net, Canada scored only 22 goals. Upcoming opponents Czechia, second in Group D, scored almost twice as often (41). Could an upset be in the making?

Best defense of the group phase

On the other hand, the Canadians, together with Sweden, had the safest defence of the group stage with only four goals against them. Three of them were conceded by 'Regs84' in the surprisingly close 4-3 win against Britain's Sean 'Sean' McIntosh in overtime.

Czechia got 18 out of 24 points in group D, only the Swedes (1-3 and 0-3) were too strong twice. In the decisive games against Austria Adam 'Dzouvi' Mensik (4-3) and Josef 'pepcastachurcik' Stachura (2-1) showed nerves of steel.

Czechia with 34 goals in only four games

'Dzouvi' and 'pepcastachurcik' showed their offensive skills against Kazakhstan and Japan. Against the two underdogs, the Czech duo scored a total of 34 goals in four games.

Fans can watch the second quarter-final of the 2022 IIHF eWorld Championship on the Twitch channel of the IIHF – from 18:45 UTC on Saturday.

Main stream: https://www.twitch.tv/iihfhockey