Riga – The Czech hockey players won the second match at the World Championship over Kazakhstan 5:1 and remained in third place in Group B behind Switzerland and Canada without losing a point. Coach Kari Jalonen’s men followed up on Friday’s win over Slovakia 3:2. Striker Lukáš Sedlák, who already scored twice at the start of the tournament, helped with three points for a goal and two assists. Another duel awaits the defending bronze medalist on Monday from 19:20 CET against the home country of Latvia.
The Czech team took a 2-0 lead in the opening half thanks to a goal by defender Jakub Zbořil and a power play goal by Dominik Kubalík. Maxim Muchametov reduced the game shortly after half-time, but after 66 seconds of the final part, Sedlák returned the two-goal lead to Jalonen’s choice. In the 46th minute, Jan Košťálek gained a numerical advantage, and 61 seconds before the end, in a five-on-three power play, Kubalík scored for the second time in the match.
Starting from the second period, the center of the first formation Filip Chytil was missing from the Czech lineup, who withdrew from the game due to a facial injury following an unfortunate hit.
In the opening rotation Šutova Červenka and Chytil checked. After 99 seconds, Kazakhstan had a power play after Sedlák’s expulsion, but in 32 seconds, Beketayev also went to the penalty bench, and during a four-on-four game in the 4th minute, Knot hit a shot from the right circle closer to the line.
Šutov then dealt with Zbořil’s shot from the circle after a pass from the debutant of the championship, Kaut, and on the next occasion he did not even score from a stop by the defender Košťálek. At 8:48, Jalonen’s team took the lead. He broke down from his position between the circles, hit over Sedlák’s screen from the right post and celebrated his first goal in the fourth national team match. After the expulsions of Beketaev and Šestakov, the Czech team had a five-on-three power play for 20 seconds, but they increased their lead only when they had a classic numerical advantage.
Kempný charged to the right circle to Kubalík, who with a shot from the right circle to the catcher did not give Šutov a chance to hit and after three assists in three duels, including the general at the Czech Games, scored the first hit of this year’s work in the national team. The Czechs outshot their opponents 17:4 in the opening act.
Chytil did not start in the second part, as he suffered an unfortunate hit to the face during a successful power play and was already on the substitutes’ bench under the care of a doctor. In the 23rd minute, Voženílek, who, like Kaut, was making his debut at a major international event, could be among the scorers. After renumbering, he failed with Šutova’s backhand bluff on the left concrete and also with Černoch’s stop. Before the half of the game, Kazakhstan threatened to outnumber them, but Michajlis’ pass to Rymarev was blocked by Němeček towards Langhamer.
At 30:19, Fleka Orechov stopped the escape and Kubalík did not convert the ordered penalty shot, who eliminated Šutov with a backhand bluff. In 69 seconds, Kazakhstan reduced and, after a combination of Kajyržan and Muratov, beat Langhamer from a position between the circles with a backhand between Muchametov concretes. In the 33rd minute, Voženílka’s pass to Flek failed to pass first, and Michajlis escaped from the break, but the Czech goalkeeper did not shoot.
At the beginning of the third period, after Tomášek’s action, Sedlák got to the end on the left circle and headed exactly for the opposite post. After Polochov’s dismissal, captain Červenka charged defender Košťálek, who could celebrate his first goal at a major international event.
Špaček had a chance to increase the lead in the 56th minute with Butěnka’s penalty, but Šutov hit a rebound. With their fouls, Šestakov and Grenc offered the Czech team the advantage of two players in the field, and Kubalík completed the result from the left circle.
Ice Hockey World Championship – Group B:
Czech Republic – Kazakhstan 5:1 (2:0, 0:1, 3:0)
Goals and saves: 9. J. Zbořil (Sobotka, L. Sedlák), 16. D. Kubalík (Kempný, L. Sedlák), 42. L. Sedlák (Tomášek), 46. Košťálek (Červenka, M. Špaček), 59. D. Kubalík (M. Špaček, Košťálek) – 32. Muchametov (Muratov, Kajyržan). Referees: Holm (Sweden), Langin (Can.) – Hofer (German), Niitylä (Fin.). Exclusion: 1:7. Usage: 3:0. Viewers: 3670.
Czechia: Langhamer – Kundrátek, Kempný, Košťálek, T. Dvořák, J. Zbořil, Jordán, Knot, Němeček – D. Kubalík, Chytil, Červenka – M. Kaut, M. Špaček, Smejkal – Tomášek, L. Sedlák, Sobotka – D. Voženielek, Black, Flek. Coach: K. Jalonen.
Kazakhstan: Šutov – S. Danijar, Beketaev, Polochov, Orechov, Koroljov, Gaytamirov, Butenko, Dichanbek – Starchenko, Šestakov, Rymarev – N. Michajlis, Grenc, Savitsky – Rachmanov, Omirbekov, Musorov – Kajyržan, Muchametov, Muratov. Coach: Mambetaliyev.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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