The 2022 World Games – Day 3

Day 3 of Floorball at the World Games showed us the physical side of floorball with some big wins too!

Thailand vs Latvia

Latvia went into this game knowing that a draw would send them to the semi-finals after their previous draw against Sweden and victory against Switzerland. The Thais lost two outfield players (by injury) and therefore had a goalkeeper and a dynamo Yotsaphong Chaifring play as an outfield player for part of the match while Autthachai Sohtree was in the goal. Thailand started the brightest with some good saves from Sohtree leading to an 18-year-old goal Liam Kerdsawangwong. Latvia grew in the game from then on, however, taking a wide 7-1 lead before 20 minutes were over. Latvia did not stop there even after a Veerasak Pimpa goal, the final score being 15-2 for Latvia with hat-tricks for Rolands Kovalevskis and Andris Rajeckis.

Match statistics available here.

Switzerland vs Sweden

This game had a lot to do from the start, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals and the loser missing out on a medal chance and heading into the playoff for 5th place after Latvia’s previous victory. The Swiss being the match’s underdogs attempted to physically impose themselves on the Swedes, with the match becoming a tough physical battle from the start. Sweden, however, were unfazed before taking a 2-goal lead in the opening 10 minutes. The game went into a stalemate soon after with both teams likely to be stifled by blocks from defenders or good solid saves from goalkeepers. No matter how or when the Swiss came forward, they couldn’t find the net with a strong Swedish defense and a great performance from Jon Hedlund who made 13 saves and earned the shutout to send Sweden into the semi-finals with a 3-0 victory and they will face the Czech Republic. Switzerland will head into the playoffs for 5th place against Canada.

Match statistics available here.

Czech Republic vs Canada

Canada is coming off a victory against their American rivals against a hungry Czech side ready to redeem themselves after a loss to Finland the day before. The Czechs were angry and hungry for victory and came out of the blocks strong before a flurry of goalscoring throughout the 2nd and 3rd periods with hat tricks from Mikulas Krbec, Matej Havlas and Jiri Besta sent the Czechs to a 17-0 victory. Canadian chances were rare, but they still made Czech goaltender Martin Benes work on a number of occasions. The Czechs are heading to the semi-finals against Sweden while Canada are heading to the playoff for 5th place against Switzerland.

Match statistics available here.

USA vs Finland

The final game of the day was between the United States and Finland. Finland started well by scoring the fastest goal of the tournament so far after just 17 seconds. That rhythm didn’t stop throughout, with Finland putting on a passing and possession clinic. The American Guardian Sebastien Stockli made 37 saves in total throughout the game and left the pitch drenched in sweat using every ounce of energy possible. Finland, however, could not be stopped with hat-tricks for Sami Johansson and Joonas Pylsy with the final score ending 16-0 for the Finns. Finland will head to the semi-finals as group winners and face Latvia while the United States will face Thailand for 7th place and seek their first victory in this World Games tournament.

Match statistics available here.

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