Czech Republic – Switzerland 1:0. Triumph without losing a point! Lenc decided in the power play


The Czech team entered its final match of the tournament again with a changed lineup, compared to Saturday, not a single attack remained together. Pavlát got his first chance in goal.

The introduction did not offer many interesting opportunities, and Pavlát and his counterpart Berra scored only a few trouble-free saves. Andrighetto had the first big chance in the 9th minute, but Ambühl’s shot went wide of the goal. The Czechs responded with a successful combination of the third formation, but Kubík, who was alone, only hit Berra’s prepared trap.

The indiscipline of the opponent helped to lead Rulík’s selection. The Czechs have not yet punished Marti’s exclusion, but during Thürkauf’s stay on the penalty bench, Lenc opened the scoring, which Stránský found exactly. Ambühl could have equalized in the 18th minute, Pavlát eliminated his goal chance.

The Swiss then did not use the first power play and in the second part they threatened to weaken themselves. But Lehmann did not punish Pavlát’s mistake in the play-off. The Pilsen goalkeeper subsequently had significantly more work than Berra, he dealt with Bertschy’s shot and was helped by the crossbar after a dangerous attempt by Senteler. During Ordoš’s penalty, Pavlát eliminated the active Bertschy’s chance.

The goal structure also helped Pavlát in the third period with Galvas’ penalty, this time it was scored by Simion. With the shortened Czech numerical advantage, the team could come close to winning Kodýtek, but did not overcome Berra. The fight between the top scorer of the Finnish league and the Swiss goalkeeper also ended a few minutes later during a five-on-five game.

In the end, the Czech national team kept a close win even with a more than two-minute power play by the opponent. Pavlát made a key save five seconds before the end against a lonely Thürkauf. The Swiss did not score for the second time in the tournament.


Homemade: Pavlát (Málek) – Pyrochta, Zábranský, Ticháček, Knot, Mašín, Zámorský (A), Galvas, Jandus – Lenc, Špaček (A), Stránský – Ordoš, Jašek, Řepík (C) – Kubík, Kodýtek, Flek – Kovařčík, Filippi, Kousal.

Guests: Berra (van Pottelberghe) – Marti (A), Kukan, Geisser, Egli, Berni, Heldner, Le Coultre – Thürkauf (C), Richard, Bertschy – Herzog, Senteler, Martschini – Andrighetto, Ambühl (A), Simion – Schmid, Heim, Riat-Lehmann.


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Nokia Arena, Tampere


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