Latvia broke the hearts of the Danish national team and its fans with a 1-0 win in tonight's final Preliminary Round game in Herning. Andris Dzerins scored the lone goal of the game that ended Denmark's dream of advancing to the quarter-finals of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on home ice.
"We made the quarter-finals! It was a great team effort. We knew what we had to do. We had to play a solid game in all three zones. We went out there and we did it. We blocked shots. It was a hell of a team effort tonight," IIHF quotes Ronalds Kenins, the Latvian forward.
Denmark and Latvia have been equally matched rivals. Prior to tonight, these teams met five times with Denmark winning three. Last year at the World Championships Latvia defeated Denmark 3-0 but lost the deciding game for a quarter-final spot to Germany. Not this time.
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