As Czech Republic defeats new-comers in the A pool, Denmark, Michael Frolik scores three goals in the opening period.
|Czech Republic - Denmark 5:2 (3:0, 1:2, 1:0)|
|Goals and Assists: 1. Frolík (Voráček), 4. Frolík (Piskáček), 14. Frolík (Voráček), 24. Sklenář (Ondráček), 52. Strapáč (Prokop) - 28. Leder, 34. Hjulmand (Rasmussen, Groenvaldt).
Referee: Kurmann (SUI), Sterns (USA).
Linesmen: Feola (USA), Winnekens (GER).
Powerplay goals: 2:1. Shorthanded goals: 0:0.
|Czech Republic: Kovář - Jordán, Bořuta, Parýzek, Piskáček, Prokop, Suchý, Kundrátek - Voráček, Frolík, Bártek - Látal, Strapáč, Szturc - Sklenář, Kuběna, Ondráček - Meidl, Hampl, Semorád|
|Denmark: F. Andersen - Larsen, Rasmussen, Groenvaldt, Lauridsen, J. Jensen, Pedersen - Hardt, Holgaard, Poulsen - Boedker, Eller, Lund - N. Jensen, Hjulmand, A. Jensen - Henriksen, Lassen, Leder|
The Czech’s lost to Canada yesterday and were eager to show the home crowd in Pardubice that they are a winning team. For Denmark this was the first game ever at the highest World Under-20 level and they got the worst possible start when Michael Frolik scored in the first shift of the game.
Three minutes later Frolik added another goal when Czech Republic had the first power-play of the game. The hattrick was completed ten minutes later when Frolik scored his third goal of the night.
“We had a good beginning of the game, just as in the game against Canada, but this time we scored”, said Michael Frolik. “I scored three goals but that’s not important. What is important to me is that we won three points”.
Jakub Sklenar showed proof of great spirit when he scored 4-0 while being hooked by a Danish defender.
The Danish team somewhat surprisingly never started to play like a beaten team. They worked hard to get into the game and had a few chances to score. At the eight minute mark of the second period they would finally get their goal when Kevin Leder beat Czech netminder Jakub Kovar.
Five minutes later, out of nowhere, Sune Hjulmand took the puck past the blue-line and fired the shot of his life to score Denmark’s second of the night. “I got the puck in the neutral zone, skated up and just took a chance”, Hjulmand described his goal.
Petr Strapac scored the important 5-2 goal for Czech Republic in the 52nd minute. After that, Denmark never gained momentum again and Czech Republic could control the game.
Miloslav Horava (CZE):
It was a tough game as we expected and we are really glad that the start of the game was really how we wanted to play but when we got the 3-goal lead our players started to play selfish, not as a team and I have to say that the Danish team played very well. In that situation our goalie saved us. It was really nervous, but in the third period we managed to play better so we are glad we won this game against a strong Danish team.
Ken Babey (DEN):
I think that for our team’s first ever game in the A pool to play one of the powers in hockey – the Czechs, that played very well, were inspired I think our team played pretty well except for the first 7 minutes. They never quit. They worked hard against a very good Czech team. Results aren’t what we expected because we are here to compete, we are not here just to play games. We are trying to beat whoever we are playing.