Czechia answered a 3-2 shootout loss to Belarus just a day earlier with a 3-2 victory of their own, winning on a late power play tally to split their Euro Hockey Challenge series and win the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
As with yesterday’s game, Belarus opened the scoring, this time though just five minutes into regulation on a Nikolai Stasenko power play goal. But the Czechs answered back just under ten minutes later with a power play goal of their own, with Martin Škoula evening the score with Yevgeni Kovyrshin in the box for hooking. Both Jakub Kovář for the Czechs and Sergei Shabanov for Belarus were tight in net throughout the second, keeping the score tied at 1-1 heading into the third.
The game opened up offense-wise in the third, with Alexander Kitarov scoring 3:02 into the frame on a power play goal for the 2-1 lead. But the Czechs answered back just 1:31 later, with a Petr Průcha goal beating Shabanov for the tying goal. And with the game seemingly headed for overtime for the second straight game, it was a late tripping call to Andrei Antonov that put the Czechs on a late power play, and Roman Červenka did not squander the chance, beating Shabanov unassisted to avoid extra time and win the game 3-2 for the Czechs.
With the win, Czechia wins its 66th International Hockey Lineal Championship, and its first title since the 2009 Czech Hockey Games, when it won from Sweden on Sep. 5 in a 5-2 victory. This marks just the second IHLC meeting in history between these two, with the first being just a day earlier in Minsk, when Belarus retained the IHLC in a 3-2 shootout win. The Czechs now carry the IHLC into their final leg of the Euro Hockey Challenge, a two-game series against Switzerland that begins next week.
05:02 – PEN – Škoula, hooking
05:38 – PP GOAL – Stasenko (Stepanov, Kostyuchenok)
13:21 – PEN – Kovyrshin, hooking
14:15 – PP GOAL – Škoula (Červenka, Kvapil)
15:14 – PEN – Rachůnek, delay of game
24:55 – PEN – Antonov, tripping
27:34 – PEN – Rachůnek, hooking
31:16 – PEN – Škoula, hooking
32:09 – PEN – Vantuch, boarding
32:38 – PEN – Kitarov, tripping
34:49 – PEN – Nakládal, holding
40:50 – PEN – Stas, slashing
41:06 – PEN – Nakládal, tripping
43:02 – PP GOAL – Kitarov (Stas)
44:33 – GOAL – Průcha (Mojžíš)
49:28 – PEN – Mojžíš, cross checking
54:55 – PEN – Vondrka, tripping
57:22 – PEN – Antonov, tripping
58:32 – PP GOAL – Červenka
W: Kovář (21-23)
L: Shabanov (14-17)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+4+5 = 17
6+9+8 = 23
Goaltenders: Jakub Kovář, Jakub Štěpánek. Defence: Petr Čáslava, Tomáš Mojžíš, Jakub Nakládal, František Ptáček, Vladimír Roth, Vladimir Sicak, Martin Škoula, David Štich. Forwards: Roman Červenka, Radek Dlouhý, Petr Koukal, Marek Kvapil, Ondřej Němec, Lukáš Pech, Tomáš Pospíšil, Petr Průcha, Ivan Rachůnek, Tomáš Svoboda, Petr Vampola, Lukáš Vantuch, Michal Vondrka.
Goaltenders: Dmitri Milchakov, Sergei Shabanov. Defence: Andrei Antonov, Oleg Goroshko, Roman Graborenko, Alexander Kitarov, Dmitri Korobov, Viktor Kostyuchenok, Alexander Ryadinski, Nikolai Stasenko. Forwards: Sergei Demagin, Sergei Drozd, Artyom Kisly, Yevgeni Kovyrshin, Alexander Kulakov, Dmitri Meleshko, Andrei Mikhalyov, Alexander Pavlovich, Andrei Stas, Andrei Stepanov, Alexei Ugarov, Alexei Yefimenko.