Slovakia: Russian ice hockey players prepare for Latvia clash

The Russian national ice hockey team trained in Bratislava on Friday in preparation for their fifth IIHF World Championship game against Latvia. The practice session comes after a day off following their 10-0 win over Italy. «I wish we had more days off. The tournament is difficult and there are many matches, that's why I think such days when you don't come on the ice and mentally rest, are... Еще necessary,» said Evgeni Kuznetsov, a Russia forward, after the training. Saturday's game against Russia will be Latvia's last chance to qualify for the play offs. When asked if he expects a fierce match, Russia's head coach Ilya Vorobyov said: «well, we read about it in an interview yesterday. Yesterday's match [Latvia against the Czech Republic] was already fierce as if it was the last one.» Russia is leading Group B with 12 points after four straight victories.

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