The Czech Republic soundly defeated the United States in the quarterfinal round of the World Ice Hockey Championships in Slovakia. The score was 4:0. Star forward Jaromír Jágr scored three goals for the Czechs, one in each third; Tomáš Plekanec enjoyed his fifth goal of the tournament in the 5Oth minute. The Americans now leave the tournament while the Czechs will go on to Friday’s semi-final against the winner of Wednesday evening’s bout between Germany and Sweden.
In Sports News this Monday: no surprises as goalie Tomáš Vokoun is named Czech ice hockey player of the year; the Czech Derby at Velká Chuchle is won by a 16-year-old teenage jockey, only the second woman ever to triumph in the race; and speed skating star Martina Sáblíková wins a cycling race – can she also enjoy success at the Summer Olympics?
The Czech hockey team is fresh from its gold medal win at the World Championship in Germany, but many in the country are wondering what will come next for the national team. Ahead of the tournament, coach Vladimír Růžička promised he would be stepping down, handing the reins to his successor Alois Hadamczik. Curiously, it is the second time Růžička has won gold at the Worlds only to be followed by Hadamczik and there are a number of challenges that the new coach will face.
The Czech Republic has won the World Championship in ice hockey, defeating Russia 2:1 on Sunday evening. It is the sixth time since the break-up of Czechoslovakia that the Czechs have won the title. The national team took the lead just 20 seconds into the game on a goal by Jakub Klepiš. Russia almost tied it in the first period, scoring a mere second after the buzzer had gone. In the second period, the Czechs’ Tomáš Rolinek made it 2:0, while in the third, Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk managed to score on the powerplay with 36 seconds remaining. But the Czechs were able to hold on for the win – their fifth straight in seven days. In the ceremony that followed, the gold medals were handed out by Czech President Václav Klaus.
In related news, the national hockey team touched down at Prague’s international airport on Monday 14 hours after beating Russia at the World Championship in Germany. The team was greeted by hundreds of fans who came out to show their support and congratulate the team on its success. Later, thousands more waved flags and cheered as the team arrived to greet fans at Prague’s Old Town Square. The Czech national squad was one of the biggest surprises in this year’s tournament, winning with only four players from the NHL, compared to more than 12 for Russia. The team also had to win five straight games in order to clinch the title, after doing poorly in the opening round and coming close to not qualifying for the quarterfinals for the first time in the country’s history. Both the quarterfinals and the semis went to penalty shots against Finland and Sweden, before the Czechs could face the tournament-favourites Russia.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have scored a victory that will live long in the memory, taking gold at the World Championship on Sunday night after a thrilling final win over Russia. A Czech squad featuring several relatively unknown players defied the odds to take the trophy – sending fans around the Czech Republic into ecstasy.
Town squares, pubs and namely hockey fans across the Czech Republic are preparing for the final match of the Ice Hockey World Championships, in which the Czech team will be taking on the reigning champion, Russia, in Cologne, Germany. Thousands of spectators are expected to watch the match in Prague’s Old Town Square, where two large television screens have been set up for the event, while President Václav Klaus said he will be travelling to Germany to attend the game in person. The Czech Republic advanced to the final round by defeating Sweden 3:2 in on Saturday. The third round of normal play ended in a 2:2 draw after Karel Rachůnek scored eight seconds prior to the whistle. Penalty shots then decided the outcome. Sunday’s final match begins at 20.30 CET.
The Czech Republic advanced to the final round of the World Ice Hockey Championship defeating Sweden 3:2 on Saturday. The third round of normal play ended 2:2 after Karel Rachůnek scored eight seconds prior to the whistle. Penalty shots then decided the game with goals from Lukáš Kašpar and Jan Marek. The Czech Republic will now face the winner of Saturday’s semi-final between Russia and Germany in the final round of the championship in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday.
There were scenes of euphoria in Cologne on Thursday evening, as the Czech ice hockey team overcame Finland in a tense penalty shootout. The win represented a real breakthrough for the Czechs, who had previously been knocked out at the quarter-final stage at the World Championship four years in a row. They now face Sweden for a place in the final.
In related news, the Czech ice hockey team played Finland on Thursday
afternoon for a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing World
in Germany. The match started badly with the Czechs conceding a goal after
55 seconds but equalising at the start of the third period. There was no
more scoring in regulation or extra time. The Czechs won 2:1 on penalties.
The Czechs had not got beyond the quarterfinal stage since 2007. The result is a revenge for the 0:2 defeat inflicted by the Finns in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games earlier this year. The teams shared victories in their previous two encounters.