Sparta Prague ice hockey team kick lost the first of their games in the international Spengler Cup in Switzerland on Monday. The sole Czech team went down 3:4 against Servette Geneva. The Swiss were looking for a comeback from their 1:3 defeat against St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday. In the other group, Davos beat Spartak Moscow 4:2. The finals of the competition will be held on December 31.
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Czech goalie Michal Neuwirth helped his hockey club in the NHL, the Washington Capitals, snap an eight game losing streak on Sunday when he blocked 24 shots by Ottawa. The Capitals were able to edge the game by a score of 3:2, after falling behind early. At the end of the first period they were trailing 0:2 before they began turning the game around
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players get back on track with a solid display at the Channel One Cup; Ondřej Bank comes a sensational fifth in a giant slalom World Cup event in Italy; Sparta Prague draw Liverpool in the Europa League; and world tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki helps Prostějov win a Czech title.
The Czech ice hockey team lost 1:3 to the home team Russia in their second match of the annual Channel One Cup in Moscow. The win puts Russia close to an overall win in the Euro Hockey Tour series. The Czech Republic had won 34 medals in the competition’s 43-year history, and can still hope for second place in the tournament.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players beat Finland 3:2 after penalties in their first game at the Channel One Cup on Thursday. The win gives the Czechs their first points in the four-nation European Hockey Tour, after they suffered a washout at the Karjala Tournament last month. Their next game is against Russia in Moscow on Saturday.
The Czech top division club Mladá Boleslav landed on Monday a record fine of three million crowns, or nearly 160,000 US dollars, for giving a false statement on financial health at the beginning of the season. The club said it had no substantial debts towards hockey entities but it later turned out it owned money to some of its players. The club, which currently ranks last in the Extraliga, was facing expulsion from the top division.
Czech national team and goalkeeper Jakub Štepánek, who plays for SKA St Petersburg in the KHL, was named the league’s goalkeeper of the week. The 23-year-old gold medallist from last season’s world championships scored three wins in all three games of the past week. He conceded three goals in two of the matches and managed his first shut-out of the season in the third.
In Sports News this Monday: Mladá Boleslav could be expelled from Czech ice hockey’s Extraliga over allegations the club falsified a financial health statement; after collapsing on the ice at the start of the NHL season, Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec is now in the form of his life; will Tomáš Rosický leave Arsenal for Aston Villa?; and the Czechs beat Japan 25:1 at the World Floorball Championship.
A number of Czechs shined in the National Hockey League on Saturday, including Milan Hejduk, Tomáš Plekanec and Ondřej Pavelec. Hejduk scored once and earned one assist in Colorado’s 5:6 loss against Tampa Bay. Forward Plekanec scored once in Montreal’s 3:1 win over the San Jose Sharks, and goalie Ondřej Pavelec proved phenomenal in net for his Atlanta Thrashers, turning away 45 shots by the Washington Capitals. The only player to beat him was Alexander Ovechkin; the final score was 3:1 for Atlanta.
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