Updates: 11.02.2021 22:49
Malmö – Hockey striker Jiří Smejkal rejoiced at the premier goal during the fifth start in the Czech national team, but he was sorry that he only helped him gain a point. The 24-year-old České Budějovice offspring, who works in the Finnish club Tappara Tampere, opened the score in the sixth minute in a power play, but the Czechs lost 2: 3 in overtime at the start of the Swedish Games in Malmö.
Smejkal, with the exclusion of Niklas Hansson after David Tomášek’s shot from the left circle, knocked out a puck kicked by Viktor Fasth in front of the goal area. “We practiced it all week and it worked out beautifully. I’m glad for that. It’s just a pity that we didn’t support it with a victory,” Smejkal said in an online interview with Czech journalists.
“It was a balanced match. In the first half the Swedes were better and we gradually took the initiative on our side and in the end we had some chances to reverse it. The extension is fifty to fifty, we had a chance there, we were more on the puck They then drove and unfortunately scored a goal, which is a shame, “said the former player Moose Jaw and Kamloops in the WHL, Zagreb in the KHL, Chomutov or Sparta.
The Czechs managed to assert themselves against Sweden twice, and in both cases it was in numerous advantages. “We all played power games perfectly, we had a lot of chances in them. We did what we did in training, and it worked out. I hope we will continue the whole tournament,” Smejkal said.
The Czech team did not manage to use the advantage of five against three lasting 19 seconds after the middle of the second period, because Michal Birner only hit the top bar. “It’s a pity we didn’t use it, but I think the boys played it very well,” Smejkal said.
He was also present at the November victory over Sweden at the Karjala tournament in Helsinki 3: 1. According to him, the opponent showed better performance this time. “We clearly played them there and they did not play a very good match. We were thrown in here, but we picked it up and especially in the third period we were better,” said Smejkal.
The memorial puck for the first goal is traditionally donated to parents who have a collection of other relics from the premiere. “I always give them to my parents for what they did for me. It’s such a small feedback. So they can look forward to more,” Smejkal added.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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