After a high victory 6:1 over Swiss team, Czech players accomplished another great success by beating Team Finland 5:3 and proving that the tournament meets them in a great shape.
Penalties: 4:8. PP goals: 0:1. SH goals: 0:1.
Referees: Pražák, Pešina – Brejcha, Suchánek. Attendance: 1794.
The Czech lead did not last long – after 30 seconds Nyman won a fight for a puck deeply in the zone, passed it to Sami Moilanen who fired from the first and tied the game. Finnish players stole the leading into their possession in the 25th minute as a great combination of a whole five ended with the puck on Moilanen stick and he again cleaned it up into the net.
Czech players took their advantage from the home rink and turned the game with 3 goals in 12 minutes. Firstly it was Filip Zadina who did not give up his efforts to reach the puck in the zone, left his defense-man behind him and performed an outstanding backhand deke. 83 seconds later Luukkonen did not catch the puck after angle shot so Jakub Galvas sent it to the empty net. The game-winning goal came to Jaroslav Dvorak’s account as it was reached only 1 minute after the 3rd period started.
Team Finland tried their best, even cut the Czech lead in half when 5 minutes before the end Aleksi Anttalainen proved his will to score goal as he was the first who found the puck in the scramble and sent it with a backhand to the opponent’s net. The final touch to the score of this game was made by home captain Martin Necas who in the very end sent the puck to the empty net.