Slovakia came into the 2012 World Junior Championship facing long odds in a quest for a medal. But the team had played spirited hockey through their first two games as they headed into their match against Sweden. Defenseman Martin Marincin, who is playing on the Slovak’s top pairing along with fellow Edmonton Oilers prospect Martin Gernat, had been steady in this tournament. But a 9-1 loss at the hands of Sweden has left Marincin and his Slovak teammates in what is likely to be a battle to avoid relegation.
Marincin spoke with HF following the team’s loss to Sweden.