Czechs stun U.S., go to semis

The Americans bought simply the beginning they wished, leaping right into a 1-0 at 12:03 with a bit of excellent fortune. A easy clear-in bounced improperly off the facet boards and the puck got here out by the faceoff dot as a substitute of rolling behind the web, the place goalie Tomas Suchanek was.

Matt Coronato bought to the puck first and fired shortly, however Suchanek dove again to get his stick on the puck. It got here proper to Logan Cooley, nonetheless, and he fired it into the open web for his second objective of the match.

The Czechs had been unfortunate to not rating first, although, as Tomas Urban rang a tough shot off the publish that stayed out. 

The U.S. continued to take the puck to their opponents, however the Czechs didn’t panic and performed disciplined hockey inside their very own line. They didn’t check Mbereko a lot, however they did tie the sport at 17:55. The play began within the nook when Kulich received a puck battle again to the purpose. Jiri Tichacek’s lengthy shot was expertly tipped in entrance by captain Jan Mysak, making it a 1-1 sport.

It was the Czechs who got here out and dominated the second interval, one during which the Americans appeared decidedly misplaced and uncharacteristically flat. Suchanek was strong however wasn’t examined usually, and the Czechs had many extra possibilities than the 2 targets they scored.

They took a lead for the primary time at 7:34 on a easy play. Petr Hauser made slightly facet go to Ivan Ivan, and he was allowed to stroll into the faceoff circle the place he snapped a depraved shot off the far publish and in. They padded their lead three minutes afterward a foul gaffe by Mbereko. Matyas Sapovaliv’s routine shot slipped by way of the goalie’s tools and dribbled over the road, giving Czechia added confidence and additional rendering the U.S. temper flat.

Things went from dangerous to worse within the third. Less than three minutes in, Brett Berard was assessed 5 and a sport for a slew foot. But the Americans killed that off expertly after which bought a five-minute energy play of their very own when Svozil nailed Colley with a knee-on-knee hit on the Czechia blue line.

Sure sufficient, the U.S. cashed in on a scramble in entrance, Carter Mazur lifting the puck over a sprawled Suchanek at 11:31 to make it a one-goal sport. But Czechia managed to include the injury to that one objective, because of Suchanek, who robbed Mazur moments later from in shut.

Mbereko went to the bench with 1:40 left and a faceoff within the Czechia finish, however a giveaway allowed Kulich to steal the puck and rating an empty netter to seal the victory.

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