In Sports News this Monday: Czechs get off to winning start at World Ice Hockey Championship with win over Belarus but are comprehensively outshot in defeat to hosts Sweden; Plzeň open up five-point gap on Sparta in the race for the Czech soccer title; and Slavia trounce Jablonec in first game under Petrouš following his return.
Mixed start for Czechs at ice World Ice Hockey Championship
The Czech Republic’s defensemen had to work particularly hard in that match. Afterwards one of them, Zbyněk Michálek, said the team can still turn things around.
“There are areas where we need to fix things. But we’re not dropping our heads – the tournament is long. One game didn’t go well, but we need to put it out of our minds and learn from our mistakes. We need to improve the final phase, that moment of surprise. We have the puck on our sticks a lot, but we don’t press the opponent’s goal enough. We backs also need to improve, to shoot at goal, to get it into the goal area. We probably need to improve the final phase.”
The Czech Republic will get a chance to start putting things right in their next match against Switzerland, the surprise package of the tournament so far (that game takes place on Monday after the recording of our programme). Goaltender Salák will line up against the Swiss despite having a broken finger.