The Czech Republic survived a Russia penalty shot in overtime, then scored the winning goal to take their quarterfinal match, 3-2, at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. Forward Jakub Vrana provided the heroics, scoring the overtime goal, his second goal of the game, a little over five minutes after Russian forward Yevgeni Svevhnikov missed on his penalty shot opportunity.
The Czechs move on to the semi-finals where they'll face last year's goal medal squad, Team Canada. Canada has only lost one game at this year's U18 tournament, an overtime loss to Russia, so they'll provide some stiff competition for the Czechs.
Aside from Vrana and forward Vaclav Karabacek, another offensive star for the Czechs at this U18 has been forward David Pastrnak. Pastrnak hasn't put the puck in the net to this point, but he has provided five assists in five games while playing on his country's top line. Pastrnak is also playing a leadership role for the Czechs as he is one of their assistant captains.
Pastrnak spent the 2013-14 season playing in Sweden for Sodertalje's squad competing in the Allsvenskan. In 36 games for that club, Pastrnak scored eight goals and added 16 assists for 24 points and a +7 rating.
Hockey's Future spoke with Pastrnak following the win over Russia, a conversation that can be viewed in this HF video.
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