- February 24, 2018
- Posted by: Stephen Hannon
- Category: News, Road to PyeongChang
Canada captured the men’s ice hockey bronze medal after beating a spirited Czech Republic 6-4.
The goals came in a flurry during the first and final periods of the match.
Canada’s 15-match unbeaten run in Olympic hockey was ended in a shock semi-final defeat to Germany on Friday.
But coming out on top in a thoroughly entertaining game to make the podium will give them some measure of consolation.
The game caught fire after 8:57 when Canada took advantage of a powerplay to open the scoring.
Andrew Ebbett’s skate turned the puck in from close range.
Seconds later though, the Czech Republic were level through Martin Ruzicka.
Chris Kelly then sent a shot past goaltender Pavel Francouz after another big deflection.
2-1 to Canada after three goals in 31 seconds.
Derek Roy then added another for the Sochi 2014 champions at 15:57, putting a backhander through Francouz’s legs.
After relative calm descended during a scoreless second period, normal service resumed in the third.
Canada furthered their advantage through a great tip in finish from Ebbett after a Brandon Kozun assist.
But the Czechs hit right back, as a Jan Kovar snapshot made the scoreline 4-2 just 46 seconds later.
One hand was on the bronze medal for Canada as Kelly gave them a three goal advantage 9:37 in.
Martin Erat found the back of the net for the Czech Republic soon after, but his effort was ruled out.
A challenge for goaltender interference was successful. The score remained 5-2.
Wojtek Wolski then got the final touch after a goalmouth scramble to make it six.
Still the Czech Republic persisted.
Roman Cervenka made it 6-3 by swatting the puck out of the air and past Kevin Poulin.
Then playing with an empty net, the Czech Republic reduced the deficit further – Cervenka on the mark once more.
With 2:05 remaining, the Czechs laid siege to the Canada goal.
But Canada held on, winning 6-4, and the bronze medal was theirs.