Of the two countries hosting the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Slovakia has struggled a bit more than the neighboring Czech Republic. The Slovaks have dropped a pair of games so far with a game against the winless USA squad coming up on Wednesday, while the Czech Republic got into the win column on Day 2 with a 5-3 victory over Switzerland.
The Slovaks have certainly put forth the effort but have given up nine goals while only scoring four of their own. In their match against Finland on Tuesday, Slovakia fell behind 3-1 in the first period and were never able to get themselves back into the game, eventually dropping a 4-2 decision to the Finns. Matej Galbavy and Dusan Kmec were the goal scorers for Slovakia in the loss.
One of the younger players competing for Slovakia at this tournament is forward Jakub Lacka, who competed for HK Ružinov 99 Bratislava in the 2014-15 season. The hard-working Lacka isn’t eligible for the NHL Draft until 2017, so he is getting an early taste of international play at this tournament.
Lacka spoke with Hockey’s Future following his team’s loss to Finland, a conversation captured in this HF video.
— HC SLOVAN Bratislava (@hcslovanba) May 24, 2015
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