Czech hockey forward Matěj Beran, a member of the national team at the U20 World Championship, has received a one game suspension. The player will miss the junior team's match against Latvia on Sunday. The IIHF Disciplinary Panel reached the decision after reviewing a high-sticking penalty and cross-check by player delivered against Finn Joel Armia in their match on Friday. The panel called the actions displayed by the player “careless and dangerous”. In the championship the Czechs have so far won and lost once.
The Czech under-20 hockey team beat Finland 3:1 in their second match at the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Russian city of Ufa. The victory gave them their first three points at the championship. The young Czechs lost to the defending champions from Sweden on Wednesday. On Sunday, they will face the Latvian team, which is considered to be the weakest one of the group.
More than 4,000 fans attended a Christmas Eve hockey game between the KHL’s Lev Praha and Bars Kazan in the capital on Monday. The hosts lost the match 2:0 after conceding both goals within one minute in the first period. The atmosphere was described as quiet, with many Russian fans attending the game.
In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň top ice hockey’s Extraliga going into the second half of the regular season; defender Marek Židlický waves goodbye after a successful return to his first club Kladno; the Czechs hammer Japan at the World Floorball Championships; and Viktoria Plzeň play Atletico Madrid to decide on top spot in their Europa League group.
The Czech international Tomáš Hübschman is unlikely to play again this
year, after suffering a knee injury. The 31-year-old defensive midfielder,
who has been a mainstay at Shakhtar Donetsk since 2004, will miss the
Ukrainian club’s three remaining league and two remaining Champions
League fixtures this year. Hübschman has two Czech league titles with
Sparta Prague and six Ukrainian league and one UEFA Cup title with
Meanwhile, former Czech international Zdeněk Grygera is now fit and hoping to get a new deal with Fulham; the defender was injured soon after his arrival at the English Premier League club last year and is currently out of contract.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players win the Karjala Cup for the first time in 18 attempts; Barbora Špotáková becomes Czech Athlete of the Year for the sixth year in a row; the Czech men’s tennis team are preparing to meet Spain in the Davis Cup final in Prague; Viktoria Plzeň go top in the Czech soccer league; and the national team have gathered ahead of a friendly against Slovakia.
The Czech national hockey team racked up three wins in three matches to win the Euro Hockey Tour’s Karjala Cup for the first time in the competition’s 16-year history. The Czechs won the first match against Sweden 3-1, then downed Finland 1:0, with goalie Ondrej Pavelec earning the shutout, and won their final game on Saturday against Russia. The Czechs scored two on the powerplay in the first period, Russia was able to pull within one in the second, but 2:1 it remained until the final buzzer. The Kajala Cup was the only remaining trophy the national squad had never won.
The Czech national hockey team beat Finland 1:0 in their second game of the Karjala Cup in Turku on Friday, earning their second win of the tournament. The Czechs scored a few minutes before the end of the first period when veteran Petr Nedvěd hit the net from up close after a pass from Petr Koukal. The visitors then managed to defend the narrow victory, mainly thanks to goalie Ondřej Pavelec.
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