Czechs take bronze at Ice Hockey World Championship

The Czech Republic has won the bronze at the Ice Hockey World Championship, beating Finland 3:2. All three goals from the Czech team came in the first period. Petr Prucha gave his team the lead early on in the game at 12:17 and although the score was evened out just four minutes later by Mika Pyörälä the Czechs quickly regained the lead with a goal from Jiří Novotný at 17:22 into the period. Then with just 53.8 seconds remaining, David Krejčí snapped the puck into a practically empty net. The middle frame was scoreless. In the third period Jussi Jokinen spurred his team on by wiring the puck under the crossbar to make it 3:2, but although Finland gave it their best and outshot the Czechs 14:1 in the last period goaltender Jakub Štepánek weathered the storm.

The bronze came less than 24 hours after a disappointing 1:3 defeat at the hands of Slovakia which dashed the team’s hopes of playing in the final.