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Czechs book date with Swiss

Ondrej Pavelec made 11 saves while Pavel Francouz made the other seven as the goaltending duo shutout Norway.

Tuesday, 14.05.2013 / 4:23 PM / News Articles
IIHF

2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-DAY 12

CZECH REP. 7, NORWAY 0


STOCKHOLM GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
CANADA 7 5 1 1 0 18
SWITZERLAND
6 5 1 0 0 17
SWEDEN 6 4 0 0 2 12
CZECH REP. 7 3 1 0 3 11
NORWAY 7 3 0 0 4 9
DENMARK 6 1 1 1 3 6
BELARUS 7 1 0 0 6 3
SLOVENIA 7 0 0 2 5 2

HELSINKI GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
RUSSIA 7 5 0 0 2 15
USA 7 5 0 0 2 15
FINLAND 6 4 1 0 1 14
SLOVAKIA 7 3 0 1 3 10
GERMANY 7 2 1 1 3 9
FRANCE 7 2 0 1 4 7
LATVIA 6 2 0 0 4 6
AUSTRIA 7 1 1 0 5 5

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Andrew Ladd CAN 7 3 1 4 2 +2
Jacob Trouba USA 4 0 1 1 0 0
Arturs Kulda LAT 6 1 1 2 4 -5

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP W L GAA PCT SO
Ondrej Pavelec CZE 4 3 1 1.26 .937 1

CZECH REPUBLIC 7, NORWAY 0

Plekanec was playing his first game of the tournament after coming over from the recently-eliminated Montreal Canadiens. The win gives the Czechs fourth place and a date with unbeaten Switzerland on Thursday.

Ondrej Pavelec and Pavel Francouz shared the shutout, stopping 17 shots. For Francouz, who played the last 6:28, this was his first World Championship appearance.

"It was a game we knew we had to win," said Czech forward Martin Hanzal. "We did what we were supposed to do to get to the quarter-finals. We had a meeting before the game and watched video and executed exactly what we were told by the coach. It was a great game. Now the tournament begins."

Norway was simply no match for the inspired and intense Czechs, who came out flying and built an insurmountable lead by the midway point of the midway point of the opening period. Plekanec took a shot which was jammed home by Tomas Fleischmann for the first goal just 1:45 into the game.

Five and a half minutes later, the two combined again, Fleischmann scoring on a backhand wraparound that goalie Lars Haugen played poorly.

The third goal was a thriller. Taking a faceoff outside the Norway blue line, Plekanec poked the draw through his opponent’s feet, chased it down, and passed to a wide open Jiri Tlusty who snapped a third goal past Haugen.

Coach Roy Johansen pulled Haugen in favour of Lars Volden half a minute later.

The Czechs played flawless hockey in the second and added two goals to their ledger, both the result of terrible plays by Volden. On the first, he stopped a long shot from Jakub Voracek but misplayed the puck badly, giving Hanzal an empty net. After scoring, he pocketed the puck.

"It was my first goal at the World Championships, so it was important for me to remember this goal and this game," Hanzal said.

The fifth goal came with less than one second left on the clock. A long, fluttering shot by Zbynek Michalek bounced off Volden’s shoulder and the post, and in. Video review showed 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock.

Radim Vrbata and Zbynek Irgl added goals 21 seconds apart midway through the third to add salt to the wound.

Author: ANDREW PODNIEKS

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01