After a somewhat sluggish 25 minutes of play in their faceoff with Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, the Czech Republic put forth a concerted but unsuccessful effort to overcome a 3-0 deficit, ultimately dropping a 3-1 decision at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Despite giving up three goals on 28 shots, Czech goaltender Jozef Korenar was named his country’s Player of the Game as many of the Canadian shots he faced were high-quality chances. Korenar did what he could to keep the Czechs in the game until his teammates turned the momentum the other way.
The lone Czech goal was scored by forward Filip Zadina, one of the younger players competing at the U18, but one who was very noticeable in the game against Canada. Zadina produced seven of the Czech Republic’s 39 shots on net, but Canadian goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick prevented the Czechs from getting back into the game.
Zadina competed for Pardubice primarily at the U18 and U20 levels. He did make his first appearance in the Czech Extraliga, going pointless in two games for Pardubice’s top team. His appearance at this U18 is also his second trip to North America this season as he competed for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge, where he posted a goal and three assists in five games.
Following the loss to Canada, Zadina spoke with the media, with some of his comments being captured in this HF video.
Highlights from the Czech Republic-Canada game can be viewed below.
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