In Sports News this Monday: after two defeats, the Czechs bounce back at the ice hockey world championships, reaching the quarter-finals with a whopping 8:0 win over Slovakia and overcoming Belarus 3:0; upcoming Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger (23) wins the Tour of Romandie; and after a run of five games without a win, Slavia Prague’s lead at the top of the Czech football league is shrinking.
Slovakia and Belarus fall victim to resurgent Czech side at ice hockey worlds
On Sunday the Czech Republic faced Belarus in a game they needed to win to avoid meeting the fancied Russians in the quarter-finals. While the Czech team have been much praised for their attacking prowess, they also managed to achieve a second shut-out in a row in that game, as they put three goals past the Belarusians without reply. Centre Josef Vašíček said despite the fact the Czechs had already reached the next stage, the Belarus game was still important.
“We were already in but it meant a lot. We were playing for third place in our group. It was a difficult game and they were coming off a really strong game last night [a 2:1 win over Finland] and…we knew we had to play our best, and we did.”
The Czech Republic are now likely to face Sweden for a place in the semi-finals at the hockey world championships.