It didn’t work out on the second attempt, the Czech hockey team of 20 lost to the defending bronze medalists from Finland 3:4 after separate raids at the World Championship in Edmonton. From the point of view of the numbers, however, it can be seen that Czech hockey will have someone to rely on in the future.
Jan Myšák in the jersey of the national team.
| Photo: ČTK / ZUMA / Matthew Helfrich
It was completely different from the hockey team’s 5-4 win over Slovakia at the start of the World Cup. Coach Radim Rulík’s players had a rocket entry into the match against Finland and led 2:0 after the first period. But the Finns sent the game into overtime with three goals, after which captain Myšák equalized and sent the game into overtime.
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It did not lead to a decision, in the end the Finns were happy with the 4:3 win after the raids. “We have nothing to be ashamed of. After the match with Slovakia, we talked about our game. We improved against Finland, we performed more maturely,” coach Rulík assessed the match.
The captain and Jiříček factor
According to the performances on the ice, but also according to the numbers, there are two outstanding personalities in the Czech team so far – captain Jan Myšák and defender David Jiříček. Jan Myšák is a personality on and off the ice. The Czech captain contributed against the Finns by winning a throw-in at the goal in the first period, then tied the score at 3:3 with a shot from behind the goal.
The native of Litvín added to this, even as the only one from the Czech selection to convert a raid, Myšák spent almost 25 minutes on the ice. “I feel like a leader, if I need to say something, I will say it. For me, the most important thing is that the Czech national team wins. I want to pull him just like the legends I look up to did,” Myšák said after the game with Finland, after which he finished sixth in Canadian scoring at the tournament with three goals and an assist.
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The second prominent face is the number six of the current draft, the guard David Jiříček. Although the shapely defender was treated for covid just before the championship, he did not hesitate for a moment to participate in Edmonton. Jiříček, who was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets, is pivotal for the Czech defense – during the match against Finland, he spent almost 26 minutes on the ice, during which he made a number of defensive saves, and Jiříček also scored important goals to tie the game at 3:3, which meant overtime. The next match will be played by the 20 on the night from Sunday to Monday, when they will face home team Canada.