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France Upsets Slovakia In 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship

The fourth day of preliminary play at the 2014 World Championship would once again prove to have buzzing headlines. After upsetting Canada in their opening game and then being upset by Italy, France was back in role of being an underdog taking on winless Slovakia.

Slovakia held a 3-1 lead after two periods of play over France and look well on their way to picking up their first win of the tournament. However, France once again proved to never rule them out as they went on to score four unanswered goals in the final ten minutes of the game to cap off a shocking upset over Slovakia by a final score of 5-3. The win gives France five points and a whole new shot at making a run to claim a playoff spot in Group A.

As for winless Slovakia, their one point and recent struggles both in Sochi and in Belarus have all but ruined their odds at qualifying for the playoffs in the tournament. Damien Fleury’s game-winning goal which came came a minute after France had just tied the game, will haunt Slovakia moving forward. In-fact Slovakia has now blown a third period lead in all three contests. Four days into the tournament and now we have had at least one upset on each single day thus far. Can it get any better?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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