The Slovak team entered the match more than promisingly. Right in the opening seconds, Hrivík made his way to the end, sending a puck close up next to the goal with a backhand. On the other hand, Pakarinen’s run on the goal construction ended. But the Slovaks took the lead. After the untapped opportunity of Rosandič, Roman’s action came, which Slafkovský completed with a close shot, after he managed to beat goalkeeper Säteri from the edge of the goal area.
The Finns started slowly, but they were all the more effective and dangerous in the second half of the opening act. After 11 minutes, after a quick pass, he got into a solo against goalkeeper Konrád Manninen and opened his shooting account. This was followed by a numerical advantage of the Northerners, in which Lehtonen fired the right stick, but in the same power play Pesonen prevailed after a beautiful combination.