“It was amazing. By scoring four goals in the first period, we played a little bit better. Of course we had to focus because there was a chance that the boys would slack off, but everything went perfectly. The best it could have been ,” Málek said after the first Czech match at the Karjaly Tournament.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper of Ilves Tampere pointed out that even games in which his team quickly builds up a lead are not easy for goalkeepers. “It’s clear that the other team has nothing to lose and will give it everything. If we slacked off, for example, it would have been a different game from the Swedes. But we always played perfectly, we followed the instructions from the coaches and thanks to that we won,” he said Malek.
According to the Kroměříž pupil, the successful start was also due to good preparation. “We followed the instructions of the coaches and were perfectly prepared for the game, we scored four goals and were in a row. It helped the whole team to get excited. We could play a little more calmly and didn’t have to stress about the sticks. You could tell that the boys played in a big way fine,” he said.
Málek made important saves at the beginning when the score was 0:0 and at the very end. “One must always be ready. The bigger the difference, the more likely they will drive more and more,” said Málek, whose performance was also praised by coach Radim Rulík after the match.