Swedes Knocked out of Medal Contention by the Czech Republic

By Chris McCluskey

The Czechs effectively eliminated the Swedes from
medal contention this afternoon and earned themselves
a well earned birth in the quarterfinals against Team
USA thanks to the stellar play of goaltender Martin
Falter and a late goal by Lukas Krajicek. It was a
surprisingly low spirited affair as the Swedes
desperately needed to win, with very little intensity
throughout.

After a snoozer of a first period which saw both teams
testing one another, Sweden opened the scoring in the
second with antagonizer Yared Hagos spinning and
firing a backhand past the Czech netminder while there
was a scramble in front of the net. Team Czech
Republic had a four minute power play opportunity
caused by an Andreas Jamtin high stick cut short when
David Turon took a tripping call to cut the time on
the man advantage in half. However, the Czechs would
reply before the end of the period with Detroit Red
Wings 2nd round pick Tomas Fleischman beating Michal
Zajkowski to tie the game up at one aside.

In the third the Czechs becamse the first team to
finally reach the 20 shot mark and both teams
continued to take long shots, however, they were too
weak to pose legitimate threats to the goalkeepers.
The Swedes received a scare early in the period as
Zajkowski was caught playing out of his crease with
Jakub Koreis controlling the puck. But his centering
pass went off the back of the net and the score
remained tied. This was until Lukas Krajicek, one of
five players in the tournament who have seen NHL
action, scored his first of the tournament on the
breakaway taking advantage of a Swedish defencive
lapse. This would stand as the winner as Petr Taticek
would add an empty netter, effectively ending Swedens
medal hopes while putting the Czech up by a final
score of 3-1.

The Czechs now face the Americans at 4pm on Thursday
at the Metro Centre while the Swedes will wait until
Friday to try to enact revenge on Belarus after a
major upset which saw Sweden lose to the Belarussians
in the Olympics in Salt Lake City.


PERIOD 1

Scoring:

none

Penalties:

0:34 CZE Puncochar 2 (Interference)
14:01 SWE Enstrom 2 (Hooking)


PERIOD 2

Scoring:

4:27 SWE Hagos 1 (Eriksson, Jamtin)

15:52 CZE Fleischmann 2 (Taticek)

Penalties:

4:59 SWE Steen 2 (Cross Checking)
6:28 SWE Jamtin 4 (High Sticking)
8:45 CZE Turon 2 (Tripping)
10:03 SWE Team Penalty 2 (Too Many Men)
10:53 CZE Hudler 2 (Interference)


PERIOD 3

Scoring:

18:53 CZE Krajicek 1 (Chmelir, Hudler)
19:23 CZE Taticek 1 (Unassisted)

Penalties:

9:46 SWE Paulsson 2 (Hooking)

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Sweden: Yared Hagos, 1 goal
Czech Republic: Jiri Hudler, 1 assist & +1

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GOALTENDERS

Sweden: Michal Zajkowski (1-2)
Czech Republic: Martin Falter (2-1-1)

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LINE COMBINATIONS

Sweden:

Eriksson-Hagos-Jamtin
Lindstrom-Steen-Beck
Sjostrom-Valdix-Almtorp
Paulsson-Falk-Nilsson

Hansson-Andersson
Skoog-Leetma
Enstrom-Agu
Baarnhielm

Czech Republic:

Michalek-Hudler-Klepis
Domin-Vondracek-Novak
Novotny-Taticek-Fleischmann
Koreis-Dvorak-Micka

Karajicek-Puncochar
Chmelir-Holub
Toms-Turon
Svoboda-Kolda

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SHOTS ON GOAL
123F
SWEDEN113620
CZECH REPUBLIC771327

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OFFICIALS

Referee: Rick Looker
Linesmen: John Costello, Miroslav Halecky