Friday, December 8, 2023

Kari Jalonen’s shock defeat by Czech Republic – Latvia win in overtime


Host nation Latvia stunned the Czech Republic.

In the second group of the Ice Hockey World Championships in Riga, a surprise was seen when the host country Latvia won the tournament after extra time against the Czech Republic, which was counted among the initial favourites, with goals 4–3.

Latvia led first 2–1 and then 3–2 in regular time, but the Czech Republic came back.

However, the team coached by Kari Jalonen was left disappointed in extra time, when Oscar Battana scored the winning goal at 64:16.

It was the first defeat of the tournament for the Czech Republic, having beaten Slovakia and Kazakhstan in their previous matches. For Latvia, the win was the first of the tournament.

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