The Czech Republic won the bronze at the world ice hockey championship in Bratislava on Sunday beating Russia 7:4. The Czechs who were out to defend their world title, executed a stunning series of wins in the tournament, but were stopped in their quest for the gold by Sweden in a 5:2 loss on Friday. It was the Czech team’s only defeat in the tournament. A disappointed Jaromír Jágr said later that the team had taken fallen prey to euphoria and taken their victory for granted. However the mood was upbeat after Sunday’s victory over Russia in which Roman Cervenka treated fans to a hat trick.
Dethroned by Sweden in Friday’s semi-finals the Czech Republic’s national ice hockey team has swallowed its disappointment and is gearing up for Sunday’s match against Russia in which they will be playing for the bronze. The Czechs who were out to defend their title, were beaten 5:2 by Sweden, visibly losing steam after the first period. It was the team’s first defeat at the tournament. A disappointed Jaromír Jágr said later that the team had taken fallen prey to euphoria and taken their victory for granted.
Reigning world champions Czech Republic beat the German team 5:2 in the final match of the second round at the World Ice Hockey Championships on Monday night. The Czechs were the only team to finish the group stage without losing a single match, and delivered a confident performance against Germany. They will play the United States in the quarter finals, to take place on Wednesday.
The Czech ice hockey team defeated Russia 3:2 Sunday evening, their fifth straight win in this year’s World Championships in Slovakia. The victory solidifies the reigning champions’ first place position in the qualification round and they are the only team to have not yet lost a point. The 15th to 17th minutes saw two goals for the Czechs by Jakub Voráček and Jaromír Jágr. Much of the second period was dominated by fierce attacks by Evgeny Artyukhin that left star forward Milan Michálek and Karel Rachůnek injured. The Czechs will now face Germany on Monday in the final match of the second round.
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The reigning world champions Czech Republic beat Finland 2-1 in their final preliminary match in Group D on Wednesday evening, at the world championships in ice hockey in Slovakia. Milan Michalek and Jaromír Jágr both scored for the Czechs, who had to fight off a number of power plays by the Finnish squad. Goalie Ondřej Pavalec almost earned his second consecutive shutout. He allowed a goal only in the final minute, after the Finns had pulled their goalie to allow an extra man on the ice. The Czech team finished top in Group D with full points and will play Slovakia on Friday.
The Czech Republic’s national hockey team beat Denmark 6:0 at the World Championships in Slovakia on Monday, securing a spot in the tournament’s knock-out stage. The Danes only put up resistance in the first period which the Czechs still won 1:0. But in the second, the Czechs scored 4 goals in just over three minutes, and admitted no surprises in the game. After beating Latvia 4:2 in its first appearance in the tournament, the Czech team is yet to face Finland in the group stage on Wednesday.
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