When Slovak hockey players were threatening, he was mostly on the ice. Juraj Slafkovský, still only an 18-year-old striker, was the best or at least one of the best men in the match against France. Photo: TASR, Martin Baumann Juraj Slafkovský is looking forward to the goal together with Pavel Regend. The native of Košice was with three of the four goals. He wrote down two assists. He charged Tomáš Tatar once, then – during the opponent’s power play – Pavel Regend. When he was to evaluate his performance in the opening match at the World Cup, he modestly said: “I don’t know if it was such an excellent performance. Personally, I didn’t play so well. I made a few mistakes, I have to improve it in the match with Germany, “he said at the beginning. Read more Challenging entry. The Slovaks were really up for the victory, although they called them to the tournament at the last minute instead of Russia, they confirmed that they could be an unpleasant opponent. Already in preparation in Žilina, just before leaving for Helsinki, they bit the Slovak selection. It was even more challenging against them on Friday. “Everyone has a lot of energy in the first match. Everyone wants to ride and play in the body. That’s what it looked like today. But victory counts – at the moment that’s the most important thing. At this level, it will be balanced against everyone. In the end, the French wanted to win as much as we did, “continued the top scorer of the Olympic tournament in Beijing. He moved the baton. He also started there in the attack with Pavel Regend – a double-goal hero on Friday – and Miloš Roman. Their cooperation also proved successful at the beginning of the event in Helsinki. “I have a great time with Pali. I moved his baton to let him score some goals. However, let’s not forget Miloš Roman either, he is in attack, in defense, he wins bulls, his hat is down in front of such a center, “praised the youngest hockey player on the ice. The Slovak hockey players were already leading 2-0 and it seemed that they would comfortably lead the match to a winning end. But a weaker moment came, the holes in the defense were getting bigger and the French suddenly walked in front of goalkeeper Patrik Rybár as “into the kitchen”. In the first two cases, they overcame him, but as if that wasn’t enough, and in a few minutes Alexandre Texier, a 22-year-old Columbus striker and the only reinforcement of the French from the NHL, rushed at Rybár. “It’s hockey. This is how it goes, once we ride for 25 minutes, then the opponent pushes for 10 minutes again. At that time they gave us quick goals, “Slafkovský explained, according to whom the opponent’s chances are natural and he did not attribute them to the nervousness from the beginning of the tournament. Read more Feedback: Slovaks follow up on the Olympics. The fans were in full swing “I don’t know, because mistakes happen, otherwise they wouldn’t score goals. Maybe there was some nervousness, but you’d have to ask each of the players if he was nervous, “he grinned in the mix zone, a few minutes after the final horn. Even harder The second match of the championship awaits Slovakia on Saturday. This time against a stronger opponent – Germany. “They will be an even more challenging opponent, it will be a bigger battle. However, they will also have one match on their feet, so we will be on the same ship. Whoever rides more will win, “added Slafkovský.
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