Czech Republic vs Italy: Another day and another four games. The implications of these are becoming more clear each day. And the decisive games are slowly being revealed.
Czech Republic vs Italy
Date : Friday, May 17, 2019
Start Time : 2 : 15 PM ET
In group A, Canada got a very professional win over France despite the best effort of the French in the second and third period. In the second game Denmark was the latest victim of Kaapo Kakko and Finland’s ability to win games, putting them near the top spot in the group.
Group B saw the introduction of Gabriel Landeskrog who arrived just before today’s game against Austria. He didn’t disappoint as Sweden once again took a quick lead and never looked back for the win. In the late game Latvia had an upset within reach, but a major penalty changed the game for the Czech Republic, who won the most brutal game of the tournament.
Canada 5-2 France
Canada: A great start to the game, where they were absolutely flying. In the first period they were taking shots, playing the body and hammering the French players in their zone. They were honestly unlucky not to lead by more than three at the first intermission.
They then relaxed and didn’t exactly play with the same intensity. While they had a few grade-A scoring chances, they were outscored 1-0 in the second period. A fact that became scary as France got the next one but then Canada found their mojo again and finished off the game with a pair for safe win. Not as convincing as it could have been but a nice win for Canada who now looks toward a top-of-the-table clash with Germany.
Czech Republic made it three wins from four matches as they overcame a slow start in which they found themselves 2-0 down in the first period against Latvia before hitting back strongly in the second and eventually claiming a 6-3 win.
It was a good response by the Czechs following their shutout defeat to Russia in their previous game and put their quarter-final hopes right back on track with them having no trouble finding the back of the net this time around.
Jakub Voracek highlighted his importance to his country in the win over Latvia with two goals and two assists, those goals being his first of the competition whilst he has now recorded six assists which is the second highest at the World Championships.
Italy’s miserable start to the competition continued as they lost their fourth straight game whilst their wait to score their first goal continues after they were shutout once again, this time in a rout against Russia.
The Russians proved to be far too good with the gulf in quality evident as they ran out 10-0 winners which now means Italy have conceded 30 goals in the competition and means relegation is looking inevitable.
In one of very few positives for Italy, they have yet to pick up any injuries and have a full roster to choose from for this game but it looks like being another long night on the ice with another big defeat on the cards.
Down by two in the first, the Czech Republic rallies against Latvia with four straight goals in the second period to put the Group B game away at 6-3 on Thursday night.
Latvia got off to a good start scoring two straight goals in the first period but had to pay a steep price for Maris Bicevskis’s ejection from the game after he bodychecked Michal Repik’s head.
Filip Hronek capitalized on the following powerplay and the Czechs added three more goals in the period to tip the scales in their favor 4-2 and controlled the rest of the game.
Czech captain Jakub Voracek celebrated the morning birth of his son Matej with a team-leading two goals and two assists.
The Czechs are now on the right track to the quarterfinals with nine points and third place in Group B. They will face Italy, the worst team of the world championship, on Friday, and Latvia will try to keep their playoff hopes up against Russia on Saturday.