CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Czechs beat rival Slovaks to finish fifth at hockey junior worlds

01-05-2012 15:05 BJT

CALGARY, Canada, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Two days after getting knocked out of the quarter-finals by Russia, the Czech Republic took out their frustrations on Slovakia Wednesday at the World Junior Hockey Championship, hammering their arch-rival neighbors 5-2 to finish the tournament in fifth spot.

In earlier games, the USA got by Switzerland 2-1, while Latvia beat Denmark 2-1 in overtime in the relegation game.

On Thursday, defending champion Russia will meet Sweden in the gold medal game, while host Canada plays Finland for the bronze.

With the 2-1 overtime loss to the Russians still fresh in their minds, Petr Holik and Vojtech Mozik each scored a goal and assist, while defenceman Daniel Krejci picked up two assists, to pace the Czechs who finished the tournament featuring the world's best under-20 players at 3-3.

Slovakia finished 2-4 in sixth place.

The Czechs dominated the opening period with Radek Faksa, Holik and Mozik each scoring in a space of just over 10 minutes to take a 3-0 lead into the dressing room. The Slovaks got on the board at 14:17 of the second when Milos Bubela beat Czech goaltender Petr Mrazek.

Dominik Uher then restored the Czech's three-goal cushion less than two minutes later for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

In the third, Tomas Filippi put the Czech's up 5-1 early in the period, before Slovakia's Matus Chovan closed out the scoring at 6:24.

Earlier, the Americans, playing only for pride, finished the tournament at 3-3 for seventh place, their worst result since 1999 when they were eighth. Austin Czarnik opened the scoring for the USA 11:28 into the game, before Gaetan Haas drew the Swiss even just over three minutes later.

In a wild first period, Los Angeles Kings prospect Kevin Gravel got what turned out to be the winner at 16:15 with a blast from the left point.

Despite outshooting the Swiss 44-22, the Americans were repeatedly stonewalled by goaltender Tim Wolf. His counterpart, Jack Campbell, was equally sharp, stopping Swiss forward Lino Martschini point blank with eight minutes to go in the third to preserve the lead.

 


Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program