2018 world Cup: Lewis fired during the tournament

Dave Lewis. Photo: iihf.com

The Belarusian team a lot of gaming problems.

It became clear already after the first meetings of the team of Dave Lewis at the world championship. But only limited to them, the failure of Belarusians in Denmark?

Forward of Minsk “Dynamo” Andrei Stepanov criticized the canadian coach of the national team and called him a God. “Only those who are close to Dave, I heard, supposedly he’s not happy with me. And what is unhappy? Mystery. He just apparently thinks he’s God. How else to understand if people who come to defend the honor of the flag, are denied the right to Express an opinion? Yes, just find out what they not pleased?”

Belarusians, in the absence Stasenko, of Championships of Belarus, Beyonce and Stepanova, really lacking on the Danish forum experienced players. Like it or not, but any team at international tournaments is in need of ready leaders. The players that have passed through fire, water and copper pipes. Once these were Kalyuzhny and Salei. It is around them to create a strong and unified team. Now these leaders in the team, Lewis just yet. Hence come all the troubles.

In this situation you can understand and the players themselves. A few years ago they all happily came to play for the national team. But over the years, much has changed. First of all, the attitude towards them from the Belarusian ice hockey Federation.

Somehow naturalized Canadians enjoy a lot of privileges, but the result does not require from them, and from ex-Russians and indigenous Belarusians, which the destiny of the native land is not indifferent. In case of failure they become extreme, and the same Platt, Lingle and Lalande, not so long ago completed a career, get away and quietly go to rest to their homeland. All this could not affect the results of the team’s performance. It’s time to reap the rewards.

And then it became known that Lewis is no longer the main coach – he was sacked during the world Cup. His duties before the end of the tournament will play Sergei Pushkov.


The match against the USA, the German goalkeeper Niklas Trostle will remember for a lifetime. His debut on the Danish forum came in the game with stellar Americans. The goalkeeper of “Nuremberg” in the mud, fell and became the hero of the meeting. Is it a coincidence? But in 2015/16 Niklas even made two appearances in the “Arizona”. In the first 10 minutes, he twice saved his team from certain goals, and in one scene pulled dead puck with a stick after a throw by Cam Atkinson.

“Stars and stripes” was still good – quick and sweeping attack, fine transfer and an incredible control of the puck in a strange area. Under apparent pressure from “Germany” they came out once or twice, regularly cut players of the German national team packs and jumped out the “two in one”, the “three in two”. That’s just to throw in gate Trestle in the first period and could not.

The Germans, while not so bright conducting the world championship after success at the Olympics, for the most part fought and only occasionally ran to the counter. But the American defenders managed to squeezed them in the corners and was not allowed to approach the gate Kincaid. In the starting period of work the goalkeeper of “new Jersey” was at a minimum. Were unable to come up with a threat the players of the German national team in a game most Americans defended very compactly and coherently.

In the second period of miracles performed by Trestle continued. It seemed that to break it in this evening will be impossible. The German goalkeeper was dragged all. “Zero” came out white, already in the empty net throwing Kane, Gudra and the same Atkinson – all in vain.

The German national team players themselves have buried their chances of success. For the first 11 minutes of the second third they earned five deletions, two of which venerable American hockey players to capitalise on. At first it made Cain and then Ryan. But guilt Trestle in both conceded goals were not. Two diagonal transmission, two shots with one touch, two goals. On the Danish forum, the Americans have all obtained very easily and simply.

The outcome of the meeting summed up the 20-year-old forward of “Chicago” Debrincat. However, all he did for Kane, who scored in the match three points and became the main Creator of a victory “stars and stripes”.


The Czech team can not win in regulation time. The opponent this time was also wrong – the Swiss have done everything to take points of the Czechs and organize the most entertaining match at the start of the tournament. Lots of deletions, lots of fighting, a dozen joints – between all of these teams managed to hold a cool combination. What is the first puck of the Czech team. Martin Necas wanted to click, but missed the puck. Fortunately, she flew away, and 19-year-old forward at the last moment awkwardly pushed her hook for Dominic Kubalik, and he scored.

But the main hero of the match was Paul Francos. Goalkeeper of Czech Republic with the score 4:4 in five minutes before the final siren pulled out the bullet. And in a series of penalty shots Francos stopped all five attempts against Switzerland. The winning penalty shot for the Czechs on account of Michal Rzepka.

Artem BOZHKO, Igor NOVIKOV, Sport-Express

Group A


1. Russia 3 3 0 0 0 9 20-0

2. Sweden 3 3 0 0 0 9 12-2

3. Switzerland 3 1 1 1 0 6 9-7

4. Czech Republic 3 0 2 0 1 10-9 4


5. Slovakia 3 1 0 1 1 6-7 4

6. France 3 1 0 0 2 6-13 3

7. Austria 3 0 0 1 2 4-14 1

8. Belarus 3 0 0 0 3 2-17 0

Group B


1. Finland 3 3 0 0 0 23-2 9

2. USA 3 2 1 0 0 12-4 8

3. Canada 3 2 0 1 0 is 21-6 7

4. Latvia 3 1 1 0 1 9-10 5


5. Norway 3 0 1 1 1 7-14 3

6. Denmark 3 0 1 0 2 2 4-13

7. Germany 3 0 1 0 2 6-11 2

8. Korea 3 0 0 0 3 1-23 0

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