"Very interesting game from both teams. We was strongly motivated for this match. But this is only the beginning, soon we'll have no less than a tough game.
Tried competently to play in defence, I believe that we have succeeded. The game is in the minority on our side was quality. The only criticism for his team — play", — quotes Beresneva "Cempionatam"
Striker Latvia Kaspars Daugavins said, "always be confident when the goalkeeper saves at important moments. We knew we can compete for points by playing their game in attack. The important thing is that we scored only one point, it's nice".
"This year we focus on team play. A year earlier I'm scoring a lot of goals, but we fought for survival. I hope that this year will score less, but we will play in the quarter — finals," he added.
"We played well, but is let down by an error in overtime. Overall we are glad we got the point. This is only the first match when we were a little nervous. But I think I now have confidence we will grow", — summed up Daugavins in an Express interview to the official website of the IIHF.
One of the heroes of the match, the goalkeeper of the national team of Latvia Elvis Merzlikin, recognized as the best in his team after the game could hardly stand on his feet.
"Very disappointing defeat. We played badly in this episode. The Swedes showed they are a very good team, and we had a hard time. But still think we deserved to win," he concluded Merzlikin.
In turn, the Sweden striker Linus omark are in an interview to "Sport-Express" said that "this is only the beginning of the tournament, but Latvia are a strong team. We showed not his best game, although we created enough scoring chances. But their goalkeeper showed his best side. In any case, we need to score more than one goal for two periods, and to make the score 3:0 or 4:0. Pair of glasses, however, too bad".
To the remark that in the current Sweden national team only 6 players from the NHL, Umar said that "we still a good team. We are hungry for wins and this will further show. In the future our game will be better. Today only the first time were in this format".
Sweden forward Gustav Nyquist said that the game was difficult. "The guys and I tried to understand that the opponent tune into us properly. Had several good opportunities to score after the goal by Eriksson, but, unfortunately, never used them".
"Well, in the end, we scored in overtime, the second goal saved us from a very undesirable result. Sweden has work to do. Our team understands that. Now playing with the Danes, understand that there will be not easier.
There are no teams that could beat on one skate. The coaching staff will select the right tactics and give the game plan", — quotes the Nyquist "CHempionata".
Sweden — Latvia 2:1(1:0, 0:0, 0:1, 1:0)
Washers: 1:0 Eriksson (Backlund, 2.52). 1:1 Sotnieks (M. Redlich, Jerins, 52.29-bol). 2:1 Nyquist (Wennberg, 64.06).
Sweden: Markstrom, E. Gustafsson — Larsson, Backlund — Ericsson — Umark