Derby double weekend in Prague
As you may know, the two major sports in the Czech Republic are football and ice hockey. You also may be aware that Sparta and Slavia are the two biggest clubs in Prague in both of these sports. This past weekend, the clubs squared off in both sports, and Radio Prague's Yon Pulkrabek was there and now brings us this report.
It was Slavia that drew first blood in the tenth minute of the first period, only to have the game tied a minute later. Slavia scored the go-ahead goal in the 34th minute and when Slavia added a third goal four minutes from time, it looked to have the series opener all wrapped up. However, it took Sparta only 11 seconds to pull one goal back and another minute before the game was tied at three goals a piece.
After neither team could score in the ten minute overtime period, the attention turned to Petr Briza in net for Sparta and Petr Franek in the Slavia goal. Both keepers kept out the first three shots they each saw. Both Slavia and Sparta then scored on the fourth series, but the decider came in the fifth series, when Briza denied Slavia's David Hruska while Sparta's Ondrej Kratena managed to slide one into Petr Franek's five hole, giving Sparta a one-zero lead in the best of seven series.