In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs get off to a very poor start at the ice hockey Under 20 World Championship in Canada, being hammered by Sweden and squandering a three-goal lead against Finland; anticipation mounts ahead of the announcement of the Czech hockey squad for the Winter Olympics; and Slavia Prague have now lost eight games out of 10 in the Czech Extraliga.
Terrible start for Czechs at hockey’s Under 20 World Championship
“Even the fact they reduced our lead to 3:1 was because of a mistake of ours. They had the puck behind the goal and we took the situation too lightly – that goal really didn’t need to happen. In the third period we played into their hands. There were unforced fouls, for example on their goaltender. Then we were reduced to three, again unnecessarily. That got them started and we did poorly in one-on-one situations, where they outplayed us. We conceded the goals after unforced mistakes.”
Those two defeats mean the Czech Republic’s juniors now have their work cut out if they’re to reach the quarter-finals at the World Championship; they have to beat Austria and Russia in their remaining group games, and hope other results go their way.