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Hemsky & Czechs drop 3-1 semifinal decision to Slovaks

No Oilers presence in 2012 WHC final as Slovakia will play Russia

Saturday, 19.05.2012 / 5:30 PM / Oilers at the Worlds
By Ryan Frankson  - edmontonoilers.com
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Hemsky & Czechs drop 3-1 semifinal decision to Slovaks
CZECH REPUBLIC 1 vs. SLOVAKIA 3

Helsinki, Finland - Former Oilers forward Miroslav Satan scored two goals to lead Slovakia to a 3-1 victory over current Oilers forward Ales Hemsky and the Czech Republic in today's semifinal round at the 2012 World Hockey Championship.

After Russia punched its ticket to Sunday's gold-medal game with a dominant 6-2 win over host Finland earlier in the day, Slovakia continued its impressive playoff run with the win over the Czechs, following up a 4-3 upset over Canada during Thursday's quarterfinals. Russia and Slovakia will now play for gold on Sunday, while Hemsky and the Czechs take on Finland for bronze.

"We didn't play our game; we played up and down with them and it didn't work for us," Hemsky said after the semifinal defeat. "It's a hard loss, but we have another game."

Satan scored his first of two goals with 4:08 to go in the opening frame, as he burst down the left wing and snuck a low shot past Czech goalie Jakub Kovar. The Czechs replied in the middle frame, though, as Michael Frolik notched the equalizer, scoring on a wrist shot right off the draw with 9:15 on the clock.

The third period was all Slovakia, as Satan scored his second of the game on a shorthanded breakaway just 56 seconds into the period, and Libor Hudacek put them up by two with 15:37 remaining, cutting in alone on Kovar and deking him on the forehand. Jan Laco was the winning goalie for Slovakia, turning aside 36 of 37 shots.

Hemsky was a scoring threat for the Czechs throughout the semifinal match, but he and linemates Petr Nedved and Petr Koukal couldn't find the back of the net. Hemsky had five shots on goal in the game and has six points (five goals, one assist) so far at the tournament.

Russia missed the podium in 2011 but won two golds, one silver and one bronze in the four previous tournaments, while Slovakia has not earned a WHC medal since 2002 and 2003 when they captured gold and bronze, respectively. The Czechs will look to bring home bronze for the second consecutive year, after finishing first in 2010.


-- Ryan Frankson, edmontonoilers.com - with files from Tom Gazzola & Nyki Scheuerman on location in Helsinki


PLAYOFF SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)


Thursday, May 17:

Canada 3  vs. Slovakia 4 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos |
WHC: Quarterfinal Wrap

USA 2 vs. Finland 3 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | WHC: Quarterfinal Wrap


Czech Republic vs. Sweden - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Saturday, May 19:

Slovakia 3  vs.
Czech Republic 1 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos |
Post-game interviews


Sunday, May 20:

Bronze Medal Game
- 11:30 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos |
IN FOCUS: Post-game

Gold Medal Game - 7:00 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | IN FOCUS: Post-game


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ROUND ROBIN SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)


Friday, May 4:


USA 7 vs. France 2 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap

Canada 3 vs. Slovakia 2 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap 


Czech Republic 2 vs. Denmark 0 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap 

Saturday, May 5:

USA 5 vs. Canada 4 (OT) - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Highlights

Czech Republic 1 vs. Sweden 4 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap 

Monday, May 7:

Canada 7 vs. France 2 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos
| Highlights

Czech Republic 4 vs. Norway 3 (SO) - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos


USA 2 vs. Slovakia 4 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos
| Highlights

Wednesday, May 9:

Canada 3 vs. Switzerland 2 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Thursday, May 10:

USA 5 vs. Belarus 3 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Czech Republic 3 vs. Latvia 1 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Friday, May 11:

USA 3 vs. Kazakhstan 2 - FINAL (OT)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Petry post-game

Czech Republic 6 vs. Italy 0 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos
| Hemsky post-game

Canada 5 vs. Finland 3 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Eberle post-game
| RNH post-game

Saturday, May 12:

Canada 8 vs. Kazakhstan 0 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Post-game interviews


Sunday, May 13:


USA 5 vs. Finland 0 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Petry post-game interview

Russia 2 vs. Czech Republic 0 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Tuesday, May 15:

Canada 5 vs. Belarus 1 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Post-game interviews

Czech Republic 8 vs. Germany 1 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

USA 5 vs. Switzerland 2 - FINAL
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Petry post-game interview

======END OF PRELIMINARY ROUND=====
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