Earlier this evening, the Czech Republic defeated Latvia in men’s hockey 5-2 at Canada Hockey Place. There were still quite a bit of supporters from both countries but the majority of people were Canadians. The Czech had some well-known NHL players such as Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr while the Latvians had no famous players that I recognized.
As suspected, the Czech got off to a hot start, scoring 3 goals in the first ten minutes of the opening period. The Czech’s scoring slowed down but the play was still dominated by them. The best part about the hockey game was the comradery of the Canadian fans.
At some points in the game, all the fans got up and started to cheer “LATVIA!” for half a minute at a time. The feeling was electric. The Latvians managed to score and the game was way less lopsided than it was before.
Did the Canadian fans have an impact on the game because they chose to cheer for the struggling Latvians rather than the Czech? I think they did. As soon as everyone realized that Lativa was going to get dominated people started rooting for Lativa. At the start of the game it was looking like the game was going to end at 20-0. The Lativans were getting outplayed that badly.The hot start the Czech got off to ended and after the first part of the first period, the Lativans scored the same number of times as the Czech. After seeing the hockey game, I think playing at home will really help the Canadian teams in the tougher games they face.