The weekend preparatory meetings set a mirror for the coach of the Slovak national team of hockey players under 18 Ivan Feneš, which was not easy to look at. In Piešťany, young Slovaks twice lost to the Russian team a year younger – on Saturday 1: 4 and on Sunday shamefully high 0: 9.
The head coach of the Slovak eighteen, who currently also leads the twenties, acknowledged the opponent’s game maturity. He hoped, however, that his trustees would perform better. “It simply came to my notice then. There were huge reserves in both of our performances in these matches. If we want to be successful, we have to take a different path, “ evaluated Feneš on the official website of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association (SZĽH).
Despite the unflattering results, he still believes that it was a one-time outage of the Slovak team. “It’s not always sunny days in hockey, that’s exactly what this weekend showed. However, similar matches must be a huge experience for all of us – from coaches to players – because the path to victory leads through such hockey slaps. This double match is a mirror that we needed to adjust to see what level we need to get to. “ carried on.
The SR “18” team started the current season with a great second place in the exceptionally high-quality Hlinka Gretzka Cup, but only five players from the then squad entered during the weekend.
“We have a certain quality of the 2004 players’ year, many of which operate either abroad or in the extra league. In the project, we started the process of involving several younger players from the age of seventeen and sixteen, because they should form the basis of the national team under the age of eighteen within one to two years. On the other hand, we want these players to be able to compete already with the guys, who presented themselves with excellent performances in the summer, “ he explained Feneš on the HockeySlovakia.sk website.
After a free week, the Slovak hockey team is waiting for the next 18 tournaments in competition with peers from Belarus, Denmark and Germany.
Alex Ovechkin is already preparing his successor: