Czech Republic shuts out Germany

By Chris McCluskey

Team Germany failed to score for the second straight
outing as they fell to 0-2 in round robin play this
evening in a 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic. Germany
demonstrated the same physical presence and defensive
mindset they did against the Finns and once again saw
themselves shutout by a clearly stronger Czech

This style of play helped Germany hold off the Czechs
through the first period with goaltender Dimitri
Patzold once again making some very key saves and the
defence effectively preventing the Czech offensive
from breaking out of their own end. However, despite
their strong defensive play, the Germans only managed
1 shot in the first 12 minutes.

It didn’t take long for their success in neutralizing
the Czechs to end. In the second, one minute after
Jiri Hudler amusingly tripped on the puck, Moose Jaw
Warrior and Detroit Red Wings prospect Tomas
Fleischmann effortlessly carried the puck out from
behind the net unchallenged and put the puck past an
outstretched Patzold to make it one to nothing.

The fans on hand were once again behind the Germans,
heckling the Czechs at every opportunity. They
weren’t contented by the fact pinching defenceman Petr
Puncochar eventually swept in Jan Holub’s initial
point shot for the Czech’s second goal of the night.
Jiri Hudler and Milan Michalek each failed to put
rebounds past a sprawling Patzold but eventually it
was Punochar who got the third rebound past the
cornerstone of the German team.

The Czechs took their two goal lead into the third,
but Hudler scored his first of the tournament 5:41 in,
to cap off a three to nothing win. The rest of the
game resembled more of a game of keepaway by the
Czechs as opposed to anything like a hockey game.

Despite another outstanding showing, Dimitri Patzold
was marked with the loss, however, he was given player
of the game honors for his club. Martin Falter,
getting the start in goal for the Czechs, is credited
with the win despite not having to make many difficult
saves. Jiri Hudler, standing out amongst the rest of
his teammates with possible competition from
Fleischmann, was named outstanding player for the

Germany gets their first day of rest tomorrow while
the Czechs will face the challenge of going up against
the host Canadians fresh off an 8-2 blow out against
the Swedes tomorrow afternoon. They will be followed
by a game destined to be dominated by animosity
between the two Scandanavian neighbors, Sweden and
Germany, at 8pm

Notes: A scary moment in the third period saw Jiri
Hudler go down immediately after scoring his goal
appearing to be clutching his throat. This had was
potentially bad news as he is working his way back
from a serious neck injury… Faces in the crowd?
Brian Burke, Mike Barnett, Keith Gretzky, Tom Renney,
Rick Knickle, John Ferguson, Thomas Steen.


Scoring :

Penalties :


Scoring :

6:10 CZE Fleischmann 1 (Domin, Chmelir)
15:07 CZE Puncochar 1 (Hudler, Michalek) PP

Penalties :

10:14 CZE Novak 2 Cross Checking
14:09 GER Sulzer 2 Cross Checking


Scoring :

5:21 CZE Hudler 1 (Krajicek)


2:47 CZE Michalek 2 Tripping


Czech Republic: Jiri Hudler, 1 goal & 1 assist
Germany: Dimitri Patzold, 27 saves


Czech Republic: Martin Falter (1-0)
Germany: Dimitri Patzold (0-2)


               1         2         3          OT

Czech Rep      12        8         10         --
Germany        3         9         3          --


Referee: Tor Olav Johnsen
Linesmen: Miroslav Halecky, Pavel Makarov