'JrPens' and 'Dzouvi' in top form
United States head into semis against Czechia
Through the groups stage and playoffs, Team USA has had some bumps along to road but is looking like a contender for the 2022 IIHF eWorld Championship trophy. The only team standing between the U.S. and the final is the Czechs, fresh of their quarter-final upset of Canada.
The favourites have not been as dominant as expected. Finland had a quite hard time against Switzerland on Saturday, while Canada and Sweden have surprisingly failed in the quarter-finals. But the USA? David 'JrPens' Roebuck and Joseph 'Jos' Olmstead celebrated the clearest win against Germany.
They defeated Luca 'Cpt_DirtyDangler' Knoll and Kevin 'Kevinator-373' Würterle 15-10 on Sunday. 'JrPens' is still undefeated after eight games at the 2022 IIHF eWorld Championship.
'Jos' with two faces for the opener
'Jos' started with a 4-1 victory against 'Kevinator-373' after his absence in the group stage due to a power outage. But he lost the second game on Xbox 3-6 against the German.
Also for the Czechs, their PlayStation player was the strongest: Adam 'Dzouvi' Mensik beat Sayed Safir 'SafirSnipezGOLD' Sodouri twice in the 11-9 upset in the quarter-finals against Canada.
In the first game he won 3-2, afterwards he showed a signature performance in a 5-2 win. Josef 'pepcastachurcik' Stachura was also convincing, he kept the two-goal lead in the 1-1 tie against Justin 'Regs84' Reguly.
US advantage due to team selection
The US has an advantage due to team selection in the quarter-finals: 'JrPens' and 'Jos' played with Czechia in NHL™ 22, 'Dzouvi' and 'pepcastachurcik' chose Canada – the national team with the highest overall rating on virtual ice.
The second semi-final of the 2022 IIHF eWorld Championship between the United States and Czechia will take place on Saturday from 18:30 UTC. All four games will be broadcasted live on the IIHF Twitch channel.
IIHF stream: https://www.twitch.tv/iihfhockey