Coach Craig Ramsey was pleased with the performance of his men and the result of the match with France at the World Championship in Kosice. Slovak hockey players improved their mood thanks to the 6: 3 triumph and believe they will have a smile on their lips even on Saturday against the UK.
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For the national team this was only the second win in the tournament. By the middle of the game they had already led 3: 0, but then gave the opponent the room to be reduced to a single goal difference. Of course, the coach did not like that.
"Overall, we did a good job. We tried to pursue them, worked well with sticks and played in their band. But then we got 3-0 and suddenly we decided we could do something else on the ice. When you play the action that can be successful you will have to pursue your opponent. The French took advantage of this, many moved and pressed our defense.
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Ramsay spoke after a failed encounter with Germany (2: 3) that his people should learn to play as real champions. Friday's performance was approaching.
"In most of the games this was the presentation of the champions, but not all the time. Champions play at the start of the match just in the middle or at the end. I was again kidnapped by the team, but then we lost control of nothing. We have a style, we have a system, we have very good players. We showed that we can play with every opponent, but we have to play simple. If we do, we are very fast, strong on the puck and everybody is tough to play against us, he said.
WHAT TO IMPROVE
The Slovaks gave the French six goals, three out of power and one in weakness. So the Canadian coach can be satisfied with the offensive, but there is still room for improvement. "We need to shoot more strongly at the target and push behind the sticks. Better do what you always try to play.
After the match there was a good mood in the cabin, the players went through the mix, finally smiling at the lips, but Ramsey was more restrained. Friday's victory pleased him, but on Saturday there is another impediment in the form of the UK.
"We have to be happy and have a good mood. We did not play a bad match in the tournament, but the results are bad and you wonder if players can activate again. And they did it today. We all enjoy the fact that we have won, scored six goals and our power play, but tomorrow we will have another job, " he added.