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.
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.
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 reigning ice hockey world champions the Czech Republic beat Finland 2-1 in their final preliminary match on Wednesday evening in Slovakia. Milan Michálek and Jaromír Jágr scored for the Czechs, while goalie Ondřej Pavelec only allowed a goal in the dying seconds. The team has shown its strength, finished first in Group D without losing any points and needs only one more win to guarantee a spot in the first sudden death round, the quarterfinals.
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