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Slovakia: Russian ice hockey players prepare for Latvia clash03:07

Slovakia: Russian ice hockey players prepare for Latvia clash

Slovakia, Bratislava
May 17, 2019 at 15:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian national ice hockey team trained in Bratislava on Friday in preparation for their fifth IIHF World Championship game against Latvia.

The practice session comes after a day off following their 10-0 win over Italy. "I wish we had more days off. The tournament is difficult and there are many matches, that's why I think such days when you don't come on the ice and mentally rest, are necessary," said Evgeni Kuznetsov, a Russia forward, after the training.

Saturday's game against Russia will be Latvia's last chance to qualify for the play offs. When asked if he expects a fierce match, Russia's head coach Ilya Vorobyov said: "well, we read about it in an interview yesterday. Yesterday's match [Latvia against the Czech Republic] was already fierce as if it was the last one."

Russia is leading Group B with 12 points after four straight victories.

Slovakia: Russian ice hockey players prepare for Latvia clash03:07
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The Russian national ice hockey team trained in Bratislava on Friday in preparation for their fifth IIHF World Championship game against Latvia.

The practice session comes after a day off following their 10-0 win over Italy. "I wish we had more days off. The tournament is difficult and there are many matches, that's why I think such days when you don't come on the ice and mentally rest, are necessary," said Evgeni Kuznetsov, a Russia forward, after the training.

Saturday's game against Russia will be Latvia's last chance to qualify for the play offs. When asked if he expects a fierce match, Russia's head coach Ilya Vorobyov said: "well, we read about it in an interview yesterday. Yesterday's match [Latvia against the Czech Republic] was already fierce as if it was the last one."

Russia is leading Group B with 12 points after four straight victories.

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