With the heavy hitters taking a rest on the fifth day of the 2015 IIHF World Championship from Czech Republic, the four games on the schedule involved middle of the pack teams jockeying for a spot in the quarterfinal that made for wildly entertaining games.
Here's what you need to know:
- Andrej Meszaros did it again, scoring another game-tying goal with a bomb from the point on the power play to helped Slovakia defeat Slovenia 3-1. It was a huge third period for the surrogate host country as all three goals were scored in the final 12 minutes of regulation in front of another 8,812 sellout at CZE Arena with 8,800 fans from Slovakia.
"Like I said the other day, it doesn't matter who scores the goals, the most important thing is winning and that's what we did tonight," Meszaros said. "It was another hard fought game again. We were down again. We were playing with fire and we know we have to play better than we did today because tomorrow there's another great opponent waiting for us.
"The fans here supporting us are awesome. They never give up on us. Even though we were losing, they were still standing and cheering the whole game. It's good for us and it gives us confidence and it's another reason why we were able to win again tonight.
Meszaros said the team's growing confidence carried them to victory in the final 20 minutes.
"The third was great for us, obviously, but we know we're better players than we were in the first two periods and we have to play better for the whole game. There's a great team spirit in the dressing room and nobody is giving up. Everyone believes that we can win any game and that's what we need. Just have to get ready for tomorrow, now."
- Marian Gaborik scored the game winner and the empty net insurance goal for Slovakia.
- In a game that featured very little in terms of offensive chances, Switzerland defeated Germany 1-0 thanks to a goal by Denis Hollenstein with less than eight minutes left in regulation.
- Belarus scored three times in the first ten minutes of the second period to erase a one goal deficit and help them put this game out of reach for Denmark. Final score was 5-1 Belarus, with two goals from Yevgeni Kovyrshin.
- In another close game, France defeated Austria 2-0 with the game-winning goal scored by Damien Fleury with less than 14 minutes left in regulation.
- Finland, Czech Republic, USA and Canada were all off the ice today. Some members of Finland and USA used their day off to educate themselves on world history by touring Auschwitz and learning about it's role in World War II in nearby Poland, just 90 minutes from Ostrava.
- Tomorrow, Switzerland takes on Latvia in Prague, while Russia faces off with Denmark in Ostrava, both at 10:15 a.m. ET. Slovakia will take on Norway in the late game in Ostrava.
In the Game of the Day, the two most offensive teams in the tournament will face-off in a game that could very well determine first place in Group A. Tyler Ennis and Canada drop the puck against Sweden at 2:15 p.m. ET live on TSN.