Sweden wins Ceska Pojistovna Cup03.09.2005 | Fredrik Pålsson, David Schlegel
With one round left to play of the Ceska Pojistovna Cup, Sweden has already won the tournament, following up their 2-1 victory vs. Russia with a 5-3 win over the Czech Republic.Sweden got of to a great start to the game when Johan Davidsson scored a power play goal at 3.55 with a shot that perhaps the Czech goalie should have saved. Jimmie Ölvestad extended the Swedish lead with his first goal for the Tre Kronnor. Ölvestad capitalized on a chaotic situation in front of the Czech net where the Swedes had several chances to score.
Jesper Mattsson made it 3-0 five minutes into the second period before Jaroslav Bednar scored the first goal for the home team in a only half full Tipsport arena in Liberec. At 15.11 Kristoffer Ottosson scored a short handed goal to extend the Swedish lead again, the goal was scored on breakaway neatly finished by Ottosson. The Czechs replied only 35 seconds later with a power play goal by Jan Marek.
Czech goaltender Salficky was replaced by Hnilicka in an effort to turn the game around but a bad change during a Czech power play gave Sweden a 2 on 1 and Joel Lundqvist (twin brother of NY Rangers goalie Henrik) made it 5-2 after on a pass from Johnny Oduya.
In the beginning of the third period Jiri Burger took advantage of a Swedish mistake to make the score 3-5, but the Czechs could not approach the Swedish lead. Sweden won the game and the tournament.
Tomorrow Sweden will play Finland while Czech Republic will play Russia.
Czech Republic - Sweden 3:5 (2:0, 3:2, 0:1)Goals and assists: 32. Bednář (Rosa), 36. Marek (J. Hlinka, Hlaváč), 45. Burger (Marek, Veselý) - 4. Davidsson (Hannula), 19. Ölvestad (Nordqvist, Ottosson), 26. Mattsson (Berglund), 36. Ottosson (Ölvestad), 39. Lundqvist (Oduya, Davidsson). Referee: Bulanov (RUS) - Kalivoda, Pouzar (both CZE). Penalties: 7:11, plus Frögren (SWE) 10 min. Power-Play Goals: 1:1. Shorthanded Goals: 0:2. Audience: 3583.
Czech Republic: Salfický (36. Hnilička) - Píša, Hejda, K. Rachůnek, Philipp, Hamr, Čáslava, F. Ptáček, Bičánek - Rosa, Divíšek, Bednář - Marek, Burger, Veselý - J. Hlinka, Grošek, Hlaváč - Sivek, Mikeska, Hubáček.
Sweden: Henriksson - Petrasek, Frögren, Oduya, Lindström, A. Holmqvist, K. Jönsson, L. Jonsson - Hannula, Davidsson, Lundqvist - Nordqvist, Ottosson, Ölvestad - Soling, Martensson, Eriksson - Berglund, Mattsson, Ledin.