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Day 2: US Face Russia, Czechs Host Finland, Canada Meets Swedes

By on August 12, 2014 in Ivan Hlinka Memorial with 0 Comments

By Radoslav Vavřina, Lead Writer, The Czech List

BŘECLAV, CZE – Day two of the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Břeclav, Czech Republic, and Piešťany, Slovakia, is just about to begin. At 2:00 local time, the puck will be dropped between Team Canada and Sweden, 3:30 is scheduled start for the USA-Russia game and the Czechs face Suomi at 7:00.

Action starts east of the border where the game of the group will begin at 2:00 with Canada and Sweden facing each other. Following their big wins on Day 1, this one might pretty much decide who goes on from first place and who ends second in group stage. Good team effort helped Canadians secure the victory over Switzerland on Monday while Tre Kronor and their leader Oliver Kylington beat Slovaks big time for second consecutive time at Ivan Hlinka. You can watch the game live here.

3:30 CET is the scheduled time of opening puckdrop for Team USA and their long-time rivals from Russia. Both teams lost their opening games on Monday, Russians defeated by Finland 5-2 and Americans losing to Czechs 4-2. Interesting game is in store for us as both teams basically fight for their live. The one that loses can pretty much stop thinking about the playoffs. And what a game will this be for Moscow-raised American forward Dennis Yan? Let’s see right here at

The Alcaplast Arena in Břeclav should once again be packed following a huge victory of the Czechs over Americans last night and now the home team is getting ready to battle Finns on Tuesday night. Both teams can sure grind it out and Suomi played nasty tough hockey against Russians, exactly the way you beat them. But, how many goals will be scored in this one, with spectacular goalies Evan Sarthou and Daniel Vladař facing each other? Find out here at

Meanwhile in Slovakia…

…the Slovaks will be trying to forget their big loss to Sweden and get three points facing Switzerland. The game starts at 5:30, follow live updates here at

Photo courtesy of Dominika Handzušová

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