IIHF Top Division: Czech Republic beat Norway and Kakko festivals against Slovakia

Czech Republic give Norway no chance and wins 7-2 - Finland defeated Slovakia 4-2 after a hattrick by Kakko.
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IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Norway vs Czech Republic. #33 Henrik Haukeland, #12 Dominik Simon, #9 David Sklenicka. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Group B – OndrejNepla Arena, Bratislava:

In the evening game there was the second appearance of Norway, which had as opponents of the Czech Republic. The Czechs were favorites after the victory over World Champion Sweden, the Norwegians showed a respectable performance against Russia.

The Czechs started immediately and took the lead after just three minutes. Voracek with pass on Hronek, who shoots immediately and the puck goes under Haukelen to 1-0 in goal. The Norwegians counter but Hrubec was able to hold its own against Reichenberg and Olden. After another quick play Hronek scored with a shot under the bar the 2-0 (7.). In the middle of the period, the Norwegians came to a power play and Lindström shortened to 1-2 (10.). After a foul by Gudas the emotions went up. As it progresses with 4-on-4 Frolik scored after a solo 3-1 (16.). Towards the end of the period Palat, Kolar and Chytil forgave their chances for further goals.

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Norway – Czech Republic #85 Michael Haga, #13 Jakub Vrana. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

After a little more than two minutes in the middle period, the Czech team came to a power play, Norway had too many players on the ice. That’s what coach Riha’s team used and Frolik used a pass from Voracek to make it 4-1 (24.). After a little more than two minutes in the middle period, the Czech team came to a power play, Norway had too many players on the ice. That’s what coach Riha’s team used and Frolik used a pass from Voracek to make it 4-1 (24.). The Czechs played in one piece and had many chances. One of the best had Voracek, but Haukelen was there. Shortly after, the next goal fell. Kubalik with passport to Repik. He takes over directly and with a long shot he scores the 5-1 (34.).

In the final third Holm stood for Haukeland in the gate of the Norwegians. It was played 52 seconds after a shot by Holos, Olden denying the puck unsuitable for Hrubec to 2-5 (41.). But the Czech Republic had the answer ready. Only 38 seconds later Vrana scored the 6-2 (42.). The Czech Republic continue to push ahead and three minutes later Kubalik raises with his goal to 7-2 (45.). The Norwegians continued to play and Holos fails Hrubec.

Photo Galerie NOR vs CZE

Team Norway vs Team Czech Republic 2-7 (1-3, 0-2, 1-2)

Group A – Steel Arena, Kosice:

In Kosice faced two winners of yesterday’s game day. Finland, which defeated Canada, and Slovakia, who also won the match against the US-Team.

In Kosice host Slovakia wanted to retrieve the performance as against Canada. In the first few minutes, it succeeded. After a pass from Sekera to Cernak he scores the 1-0 (11.). However, Slovakia had to accept a penalty shortly thereafter. Finland use this power play and Lindbohm scored the 1-1 equalizer (15.). Finland kept their footing and youngster Kakko scored with a slap-shot the 2-1 (17.).

Finland continued to keep up the pace after the break and also came up with two power plays. Slovakia survived without damage as Goalie Ciliak fought off some chances for the Finns. In the middle of the match Slovakia also had a power play, but also in this fell no goal. Slovakia tried to equalize until the break. The host team succeeded as well. Studenic tried it with one shot, which Lankinen could fend off. Marincin circled the Finnish goal and steered the puck to 2-2 into the goal (40.).

In the final third of the game was long balanced. Shortly before halftime it was again the Finnish youngster Kakko, who scored the 3: 2 with his second goal in this game (50.). Slovakia tried by all means to turn the game. At the end of the game, Goalie Ciliak went ice cream. Finland took advantage of this situation and Kakko scored the fourth goal with a third goal, an empty-net, to make the final decision. Finland celebrate their second win in the second game.

Team Slovakia vs Team Finland 2-4 (1-2, 1-0, 0-2)

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