07.07.22, 12:58
Are the Scandinavians on the way to the finals again?

Perfect Swedes to meet efficient Latvians

by Niklas Aßfalg/Adam Steiss

The Swedes are looking to make it to the finals at the IIHF eWorld Championship as they did in 2020, with a matchup against Latvia in the quarter-final as the first knockout hurdle.

In terms of pure numbers, Sweden was the strongest team in the group stage with 24 points and 56-4 goals. Sebastian 'SebbeLarsen86' Larsen and Henrik 'eken45jr' Eklund made it clear they aim to repeat the success of the 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship.

Back then, the two Swedes had marched all the way to the finals against Finland, but had lost there. In group D, the Scandinavians controlled Czechia (3-1 and 3-0) and Austria (3-1 and 4-2), while rolling over Kazakhstan (10-0 and 6-0) and Japan (9-0 and 18-0). Can Tre Kronor keep it up?

Balance as the great Swedish strength?

The Swedes don't have a clear superstar in the team, but both 'SebbeLarsen86' and 'eken45jr' have the very highest level on the controller. Balance is key on this team.

The Latvians, on the other hand, entered the quarter-finals with the tournament’s lowest goal difference of 13-9. With an average of less than four goals per game, the Latvians have been extremely efficient.

'chibra' and 'snipencelly8' don't get nervous

Especially at the end of the group stage against Slovakia (2-0 and 3-0) Kristers 'chibra' Bauers and Juris 'snipencelly8' Lopatko proved their maturity. Their entry into the quarter-finals was not in danger.

The Fans can watch the first quarter-final of the 2022 IIHF eWorld Championship on the Twitch channel of the IIHF – from 19:00 UTC on Sunday. It will also be broadcasted in Swedish.

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

Swedish stream: https://www.twitch.tv/esdor