In this week's Sports News, Petra Kvitová to play crucial fourth round match at Wimbledon; Czech players on the move in the NHL; two local ice-hockey teams form a business partnership; five medals for Czechs at the European Athletics Championships and the national women's basketball team qualifies at the eleventh hour for the London Olympics.
In Sports News: the Czech national football team arrives in Poland ahead of Euro 2012; in hockey, the L.A. Kings have won the first two games of Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, lessening the chance the cup will travel to the Czech Republic this year; in tennis, world No. 4 Petra Kvitová and fellow Czech player Klára Zakopalová have both made it to the fourth round at the French Open.
In Sports News: Eleven days before the start of Euro 2012, football coach Bílek makes final change to national team roster; in related news, the coach will head the national squad at least until the summer of 2014; Czech swimmer Petra Chocová takes gold the European Swimming Championships in Hungary; cyclist Kreuziger finishes in disappointing 15th spot in Giro d’Italia; press suggests Leafs could pick-up hockey goalie Vokoun.
The Czech Republic has won the bronze at the Ice Hockey World
Championship, beating Finland 3:2. All three goals from the Czech team came
in the first period. Petr Prucha gave his team the lead early on in the
game at 12:17 and although the score was evened out just four minutes later
by Mika Pyörälä the Czechs quickly regained the lead with a goal from
Jiří Novotný at 17:22 into the period. Then with just 53.8 seconds
remaining, David Krejčí snapped the puck into a practically empty net.
The middle frame was scoreless. In the third period Jussi Jokinen spurred
his team on by wiring the puck under the crossbar to make it 3:2, but
although Finland gave it their best and outshot the Czechs 14:1 in the last
period goaltender Jakub Štepánek weathered the storm.
The bronze came less than 24 hours after a disappointing 1:3 defeat at the hands of Slovakia which dashed the team’s hopes of playing in the final.
The Czech national hockey team has reached the semifinals at the world championship in ice hockey after defeating Sweden 4:3 on Thursday night. The Swedes opened the scoring in the first period but the Czechs – putting in their strongest performance of the tournament – turned the score around and led for part of the second period by a score of 3:1. A fourth goal was disallowed before the Swedes came back, tying the game at 3:3 in the first minute of the third. Overall, the match was close but the Czechs showed good speed and created chances although the Swedes also had opportunities. The winning goal was netted just 29 seconds before the end of regulation time, when Milan Michálek – escaping from the corner in the Swedes’ end – put a rising shot over goalie Fasth’s shoulder. The Czech Republic will face Slovakia in the semifinals after the latter eliminated Canada.
It was a dramatic game: a last-minute goal by Milan Michálek some 30 seconds before the end of the match against Sweden on Thursday brought the Czechs the victory they needed to advance to the semi-finals in this year’s Ice Hockey World Championship. The Czech 4:3 result also marks the first time in 12 years that Sweden will not be playing in the semifinals. In the next match, the Czech Republic faces its neighbor Slovakia. While this is the third time that the Czechs will be competing for a spot in the finals, this year’s solid performance of the
National hockey coach Alois Hadamczik is keeping quiet about who he will put in net in the quarterfinal game between the Czech Republic and Sweden at the World Championship in ice hockey. The Czech squad - under Hadamczik – has never won against Sweden at either the Olympics or the Worlds, so players will have their work cut out for them on Thursday. The coach could go with either goalie Jakub Kovář or Jakub Štěpánek. Who will start is already known to the goalies, but both are keeping silent ahead of the match. Hadamczik told the media simply that he wanted to keep his opponents guessing.
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