Slovakia and Czech Republic meet up for the first time this year

By Tomas Egry

Czech Republic- Slovakia

Big rivals met for the first time this year and it was very interesting game; especially for those who watch hockey prospects. Slovakia, defending world champion, came to Plzen with a extremely unexperienced team. On the other side, the Czech team was mixed with veterans, senior players and fantastic junior line Vojtech Polak- Jiri Hudler- Milan Michalek.

Slovakia- Miroslav Simonovic(74)- Tomas Starosta(81), Andrej Novotny(76), Dusan Devecka(80), Vladimir Urban(80), Martin Cakajik(79), Boris Zabka(77), Marek Topoli(78), Martin Ivicic(76)- Radoslav Kropac(75), Jan Lipiansky(74), Lubomir Pistek(80)- Gabriel Spilar(80), Lubomir Hurtaj (75), Robert Tomik(76)- Marcel Hanzal(74), Roman Kukumberg(80), Jan Zlocha(69)- Peter Barinka(77), Michal Ruzicka(81), Roman Tomas(80)
Head Coach: Frantisek Hossa


Czech Republic-
Roman Malek(77)- Pavel Kolarik(72), Frantisek Kucera(68), Petr Caslava(79), Michal Sykora(75), Libor Prochazka(74), Martin Richter(77), Marek Zidlicky(78), Petr Kadlec(77)- Radek Duda(79), Richard Kral(70), Vaclav Pletka(79)- Petr Sykora(78), Michal Bros(76), Jaroslav Hlinka(76) – Petr Tenkrat(77), Josef Marha(76), Jan Caloun(72)- Vojtech Polak(85), Jiri Hudler(84), Milan Michalek(84)
Head Coach: Slavomir Lener


1.period

4`- minor penalty- Slovakia (Jan Lipiansky- hooking)

11`- goal- Czech Republic (Milan Michalek assisted by Jiri Hudler)
Slovak goalie Simonovic lost his stick and young Czech line profited from chaos in Slovak defense. Hudler wom the puck behind the net, passed in front of it and Michalek had no problem to score his second goal for Czech National Team.

11`- minor penalty- Czech Republic (Marek Zidlicky- holding)
Zidlicky held Flyers` prospect Pistek who won the battle along the boards before
14`- Michalek stole the puck, Hudler passed it to Polak who was in good scoring position in front of the net

15`- minor penalty- Slovakia (Dusan Devecka- roughing)
16`- Kropac, best goal scorer of Czech Extraleague, was in breakaway, but he didn`t target left corner


2.period

22`- minor penalty- Czech Republic (Frantisek Kucera- holding)
22`- minor penalty- Slovakia (Tomas Starosta- hooking)
Zabka lost puck on the blueline and Starosta had to stop Tenkrat in his breakaway opportunity

23`- goal- Czech Republic (Martin Richter assisted by Richard Kral and Vaclav Pletka)
27`- goal- Slovakia (Radoslav Kropac assisted by Martin Cakajik)
Cakajik carried the puck on the right side, passed it in front of the net to Kropac who scored his first goal for National Team

27`- goal- Slovakia (Gabriel Spilar assisted by Robert Tomik)
Spilar skated in full speed between Czech defensemen and scored the goal to the upper side of Malek`s net

28`- goal- Czech Republic (Vaclav Pletka assisted by Richard Kral and Radek Duda)

29`- minor penalty- Czech Republic (Marek Zidlicky- elbowing)

30`- PP goal- Slovakia (Lubomir Hurtaj assisted by Dusan Devecka and Robert Tomik)
Wonderful tic-tac-toe power play goal. Malek had no chance against Hurtaj who was standing alone in front of the net.

32`- in the battle of 4th lines totaly dominated Czech junior trio. They spent the whole shift in offensive zone.

36`- minor penalty- Slovakia (Vladimir Urban- holding)


3. period

41`- goal- Czech Republic (Libor Prochazka assisted by Richard Kral)

43`- minor penalty- Czech Republic (Radek Duda- highsticking)

46`- Hudler was in breakaway, but he didn`t score his first goal for National Team
In following situation, Michalek had nice scoring chance, but he only hit the post

54`- minor penalty- Czech Republic (Pavel Kolarik- boarding)

60`- 5 seconds remaining in the third period, Slovakia had the chance to tie the game, but Hurtaj lost the face-off and Czechs won next game against Slovakia.