A thrilling game was played as Poland and Slovakia fought for the 7th placement in the WFC. For over 2 periods the teams went back and forth and scoring until Slovakia ran away. A comeback in the final minutes got Slovakia sweating, but in the end they got away with a 8-9 victory.
Its was Slovakia got the best start with more ball possession and chances created. They quickly got up in a lead with not only 2 goal lead. First one was by Erik Moravcik, which was followed up by Ronald Gasparik. But with less than 5 minutes to go of the period, Poland struck back with 2 goals to put them back on equal ground – Wojciech Malajka and Daniel Widurski were the ones who found the net.
A déjà vu like scenario occured in the second period. Ronald Gasparik once again scored for Slovakia – and just like the last period, Poland and Wojciech Malajka replied with a goal. When Poland got their 3rd 2 minute penalty of the game, Michal Dudovic put Slovakia in the lead again with a long shot that went past Wojciech Komperda in the Polish net. But once again an equalizer came. A free-hit in front of the Slovakian’s net was utilized perfectly – Dawid Polomka on the left found a gap in the lower corner of the goal and made no mistake. Before going into the final break, Slovakia regained their lead through Erik Moravcik.
It wasn’t until the middle of the third period that Slovakia started to run away. Before that, yet another equalizer was scored, and once again a reply came from Slovakia. Towards the middle of the period, Slovakia scored 5-7 as well as 5-8, and had for the first time in the game some room to breathe. After letting in 5-9, things were looking impossible for Poland. But an incredible start of a comeback begun with less than 4 minutes to go. 5-9 became 8-9 in only a couple of minutes – however the final equalizer didn’t go in.