The preliminary round of the World Championships ended on Tuesday with the Czech Republic taking the 2-1 win in the shootout over the Swiss.
For both teams, all this game really meant was that they both had chances to pad their stats and warm up for their quarter-final matches. Both teams really were curious about the results of the Finland vs Russia game in Ostrava, with the loser of that game taking on the
The Swiss were hungry early on, and despite a few missed opportunities, they’d get a chance to capitazlie on the power-play. Minutes after Andreas Ambuhl missed an empty net from just outside the crease, Kevin Fiala took a cross-ice pass from Damien Brunner and found a way to get it past Ondrej Pavelec for the 1-0 goal before the end of the first.
The second period saw no scoring, but it did see its fair share of scoring chances. Switzerland was going for the best possible game they could have, as they knew the Americans were going to be the favourites on Thursday afternoon during the quarter-finals. After two periods of play, the Swiss led the shot count 19-18, with both goaltenders making 18 saves for solid performances at each end. For Reto Berra, it was a nice little turn around after allowing seven goals against Canada on the weekend.
The third period had a few good chances, but for the most part, both teams were just trying to keep their guys from getting any injuries before the quarter-finals. That didn’t stop the Czech’s from tying the game up with time running out, as Martin Zatovic would fire a blast over Berra’s shoulder for the 1-1 goal.
The game would require extra time to find the victor. A penalty mid-way through overtime for the Swiss didn’t seem to play much of an impact, limiting the Czech’s scoring chances with the extra man. After nobody decided to score in the overtime, Michal Vondrka scored the game-winning goal for the Czech Republic in a shootout to give his team the come-from-behind victory, defeating the Swiss 2-1 to finish off the preliminary round.
With the win, the Czech’s will have a meeting with Finland in the quarter-finals on Thursday. For Switzerland, who already knew about their opponent earlier today, will face the Americans in a chance to play for another medal, two years after their silver against Sweden.
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