Norway takes on Switzerland in Round of 16
by Christian Bellinger/Alexander Maier
On Friday the 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship playoffs begin, as Norwegian representatives Lars Petter 'Larsto50' Sto and Daniel 'Bacon' Baekken look to match their skills on the sticks against Switzerland.
The Scandinavian duo will have the opportunity to avenge a series of bitter defeats for the national ice hockey team against Marco 'A IM N3 S Y A' Giamboni and Sven 'OriginaL-SnuS' Julmi. 'Larsto50' and 'Baekken' should not be lacking in motivation. But with the experienced Swiss duo, there is a chip on their shoulder after their country missed out on a chance to host the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The 27-year-old 'OriginaL-SnuS' is currently playing for the ZSC Lions Esport team and already has a wealth of experience in international comparisons. 'A IM N3 S Y A' is also no newcomer to EA SPORTS™ hockey simulation and claims that NHL™ 99 is his favourite title of the series. "We want at least to get to the quarterfinals. After that everything could be possible", says the duo. On the other hand, the Norwegians impressed with their offensive skills in the qualifier: 'Larsto50' scored 39 goals in six games on the PlayStation 4, 'Bacon' scored 16 in just two games. Especially the two PS4 games between 'OrginaL-SnuS' and 'Larsto50' from the Esport department of Storhamar IL promise a true NHL™ spectacle. "There are some fantastic players in this tournament, and to be a part of that is very cool", says Sto.
The first playoff round will decide which eight nations advance to the quarterfinals. The game is played in a knock-out system, with two games being played on each console. The results of the four games are added together. If a draw is recorded at the end of the game, a Sudden Death extension will be played simultaneously on both consoles with a Golden Goal decision. The first game between Switzerland and Norway starts on Friday at 4pm (UTC) and can be followed on the official IIHF Twitch channel.