IIHF World Championships - Day 8
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The Czech Republic scored three unanswered powerplay goals as they go on to double up on Slovenia, 4-2.
The Czech Republic drew an early penalty in the first period as Jiri Novotny was called for holding.
A turnover on the blue line by Ales Kranjc gave the Czech Republic a shorthanded breakaway. Petr Koukal rushed in on the left side and beat Robert Kristan with the backhander to open the scoring.
Shortly after, Slovenia would get one back as Rok Ticar took a shot from the point but Ondrej Pavelec made the pad save. The rebound bounced onto the stick of Robert Sabolic, who found the back of the open net to tie the game at one.
A few minutes later, Slovenia went on the two-on-one rush. Ticar made a pass to Tomaz Razingar but Pavelec flashed the leather and made the glove save.
The Czech Republic won the ensuing faceoff but they were unable to settle the puck behind the net. Sabolic picked up the loose puck and made a pass to Ticar who was in front. He held onto the puck until Pavelec was out of position and put it into the open net to give Slovenia their first lead in the game.
Late in the first, Slovenia drew a holding penalty and sent the Czech Republic on their first powerplay in the game.
A turnover in the neutral zone gave Slovenia two short-handed chances as Luka Tosic made the cross-ice pass to Ticar but he skated too far in front and was unable to get a shot off. From the corner, he made a pass back to Tosic but he missed the wide-open net.
In the other end, Jakub Voracek connected with Jiri Hudler and with the one-timer, beat Kristan high stick side for a powerplay goal to tie the game at two.
In the second, Czech Republic outshot Slovenia 27-17 and both teams were unable to capitalize on their powerplay opportunities as the game was tied at two after 40 minutes.
Early in the third, Kovacevic was called for tripping and the Czech Republic went on their fourth powerplay of the game.
On the man-advantage, Zbynek Michalek’s shot from the blue line went through traffic to beat Kristan high glove side and gave the Czech Republic a 3-2 lead.
With six minutes left in the third, Ziga Pance was called for hooking as he pulled Hudler down in front of the net.
On the ensuing powerplay, Novotny put in his rebound after he tried to go five-hole on Kristan to extend Czech Republic’s lead 4-2.
They held onto their 4-2 lead and improved their record to 2-1-2.
Ladislav Smid was pointless in the game with one shot on net and 17:45 of ice time.
The Czech Republic are back on the ice on Sunday as they take on Canada. Puck drop will be at 8:15 A.M. (MT).
CANADA 4 vs. BELARUS 1
With a 4-1 win over Belarus, Canada moved into first in their group as they improved their record to 4-0-1.
Canada opened the scoring in the first as Jeff Skinner made a pass behind the net to Ryan O’Reilly, who was positioned in the high slot to beat Dmitri Milchakov and put Canada up, 1-0.
A few minutes later, Ilya Kaznadei was called for hooking and sent Canada went on the powerplay.
On the ensuing powerplay, Justin Schultz from the blue line started the play as he made a pass to Claude Giroux, who then quickly got the puck across to Andrew Ladd and with the one-timer from the slot beat Milchakov to extend Canada’s lead, 2-0.
After 20-minutes, Canada held Belarus to only two shots on net with the first one coming after ten minutes of play.
Five minutes into the second, Yaroslav Maslenikov was called for interference and on the man-advantage, Giroux skated through three Belarusian defenders before setting up Steven Stamkos, who buried the puck in the open net to put Canada up, 3-0.
Early in the third, Canada went on their fifth powerplay in the game as Oleg Goroshko was called for roughing.
On the powerplay, Stamkos made a backhand pass from behind the net to Giroux and with the wraparound, put the puck past Mikchakov to extend Canada’s 4-0 lead.
Shortly after, Matt Duchene fought off three Belarusia defenders and got a shot off but Milchakov was able to get apiece of it as it bounced off his mask and into the corner.
With less than five minutes left in the third, Belarus got on the board as Alexei Yefimenko threw the puck on net and had it bounced off a leg in front and in past Devan Dubnyk.
Canada hung on to win 4-1 and they move into first in their group.
Taylor Hall was pointless in the game with one shot on net and 12:12 of ice time.
Jordan Eberle was also pointless in the game with two shots on net an 12:08 of ice time.
Justin Schultz had two assists with zero shots on net and 14:01 of ice time.
Devan Dubnyk stopped nine of ten shots on net with a save percentage of 0.900.
Canada are back on the ice on Sunday as they take on the Czech Republic. Puck drop will be at 8:15 A.M. (MT).
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com