Latvia, Finland keep each other scoreless

The Finns tried. So did the Latvians. But in the end, neither ice hockey team was able to score a goal in their May 9 match-up during the 2005 World Championship qualifying round in Innsbruck, Austria.

The Finns had more chances for a goal, tallying 29 shots on goal to Latvia’s 15, but veteran goaltender Artūrs Irbe didn’t let a single one get by him, according to a game summary posted on Niklas Backstrom did the same for Finland.

Only 2,235 spectators attended the scoreless game, according to

Latvia next faces Sweden in a May 10 game that it has to win to advance to the quarterfinals. The top four teams in each of two six-team groups move to the quarterfinals.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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