Slovakia and Czech Republic want to defy Canada and Sweden
by Christian Bellinger/Alexander Maier
The last two semi-finalists of the 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship are being sought: Sweden and Canada will be the favourites for their games on Wednesday.
After two titles in a row, Sweden had to relinquish the throne of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 2019 for its Nordic neighbour from Finland. After the cancellation of this year's edition, Sebastian 'SebbeLarsen86' Larsen (PlayStation 4) and Henrik 'eken45jr' Eklund (Xbox One) have at least a chance to give Sweden a virtual title at the IIHF Esports Fan Championship.
In the round of sixteen against Italy, the two 20-year-olds didn't miss the opportunity and secured a clear 28-10 with four individual victories. But opponent Czech Republic also has a strong duo to offer: Josef 'Pepcastachurcik1' Stachura has already scored 61 goals in the national qualifier on PlayStation, bringing his total to 73 after the round of 16 against Belarus (4-2 and 8-1). His Xbox colleague Jaroslav 'J4rincze' Rehor had a much harder time in the last round against 'NEFINOR', but with 3-1 and 4-5 scores he still secured the partial victory on his console.
The quarter-final between Sweden and the Czech Republic starts on Wednesday at 18:00 CET. There will again be two games each on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in EA SPORTS™' NHL 20™. The four individual results will be added together to determine the semi-finalist.
The opponent will also be determined on Wednesday: Canada and Slovakia meet at 21:00 CET / 3pm ET / noon PT.
After the victory in the North American showdown against the USA, Canada enters the round of the last eight with a good portion of self-confidence. Joshua 'Joshfearless12' D'Eri (PS4) and Karl 'hswertha23' Caslib (Xbox) defeated their neighbour 17-12, but were defeated in two of the four individual matches.
Even more exciting was the Round of 16 for Slovakia: PlayStation player Anton 'Fenomen36363' Mesko and Xbox representative Sandra 'Lady Brunette' Demitrová won the thriller on the virtual ice with 16-15. 'Lady Brunette' ensured their progress with two individual wins. If the Slovak duo also wants to annoy the favourite from Canada, they will have to improve their performance again in the quarter-finals. You can find more information here.