March 23, 2018

Czech Republic beats Canada in shootout

18 February 2018, 05:39 | Kristopher Drake

Czechs prevail in shootout against Canada

Czechs prevail in shootout against Canada

He said he was fine afterwards.

Hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics continues with some Group A action between Canada and the Czech Republic on Friday, February 16.

Mason Raymond's power-play goal 73 seconds into the first period put Canada ahead but fellow Swiss-leaguer Dominik Kubalik equalised for the Czechs just five minutes and 39 seconds later. Each team killed a penalty in the third period on the way to over-time. "Like if you give everything you've got, then what happens happens and you move onto the next game and you look for some adjustments and you come back ready". We've got to manage the puck better.

Sure, but man, that shootout.

The Czechs are installed at +218 to prevail in regulation after barely squeaking out a 2-1 win over a plucky Korean side.

Wojtek Wolski scored for Canada in the shootout while Maxim Lapierre, Derek Roy, Rene Bourque and Maxim Noreau missed.

The Czech Petr Koukal and Jan Kouvar the other hand, have deceived the vigilance of Ben Scrivens in the shootout.

"I've done that before, I thought it was going in", Noreau said.

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Park said it helped his team immensely that they had played some tough teams in the buildup to the Olympics.

"We played hard", said Desjardins. "We just couldn't find a way to get one in".

Cho Min-ho, the second line center, scored the team's only goal - its first ever in the Olympics - at 7:34 in the first. Scrivens came up big later in the period, stopping a Lukas Radil shot from the slot.

The Czechs tied it up 35 seconds into the second period.

This fight was more intense and more physical than when winning at 5-1 in the Canada against Switzerland, as the curtain rises. "But I think we showed a lot of promise tonight". "Either way we should be able to break it out and find the holes because they definitely had some and we needed to expose them".

"A penalty shot is 50-50", said Roman Cervenka, who took one of the Czech's penalties and was stopped by Scrivens. Defenseman Chris Lee fanned on a bouncing puck to the right of the Canadian net, and Kubalik grabbed it and squeezed it between Scrivens and the post, knotting the game at 1-1. The overtime ended with the Czechs pressing. "They're strong on the stick and strong on their skates, they like to turn back and really control the puck in the corners".

The Canadians know they can't let the South Koreans do the same thing Sunday and with goal-differential a tiebreaker for the final quarter-final spot, if needed, running up the score will be important.

In this Reuters photo, Bryan Young of South Korea (C) knocks over Michal Vondrka of the Czech Republic during the teams' Group A game of the men's hockey tournament at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 15, 2018.

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