Czechia completed their perfect shut-out of the Norwegian national team in Lillehammer, defeating the Isbjørnene 1-0 a day removed from a 4-0 victory to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
While Norway tried their luck by replacing Lars Haugen in net with Steffen Søberg, the Czechs kept the hot hand of Jakub Kovář between the pipes, a move which would pay dividends again today. While the shots were not as lopsided in the Czech’s favour as compared to yesterday, the Norwegians were unable to crack Kovář, despite having five power plays compared to just a single penalty.
The only goal of the evening came on the stick of Dominik Simon, striking at almost the midway point of the game on a feed from Bohumil Jank past Søberg, for what would end up being the game-winning goal. Kovář finished the day with 16 saves for the shutout, ending his past 48 hours with 29 saves and 0 goals allowed, even in light of multiple penalty kills required in the second and third periods.
With the win, Czechia retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship it captured from Russia two months ago during the Euro Hockey Tour, their 69th overall title. This game marked the second leg of a two-game series in Lillehammer, which the Czechs won 4-0 yesterday to retain the IHLC, just the third IHLC meeting between these two countries. The Czechs now head home to Jihlava for a two-game set against border rivals Slovakia that begins on April 9, with the IHLC up for grabs as part of the Euro Hockey Challenge.
13:00 – PEN – Ødegaard, interference
21:08 – PEN – Koukal, slashing
29:37 – GOAL – Simon (Jank, Zohorna)
34:10 – PEN – Zámorský, hooking
37:11 – PEN – Zámorský, interference
41:26 – PEN – Novák, tripping
53:57 – PEN – Jank, roughing
W: Jak. Kovář (16-16)
L: Søberg (27-28)
SHOTS ON GOAL
7+12+9 = 28
4+7+5 = 16
Goaltenders: Jakub Kovář, Matěj Machovský. Defence: Bohumil Jank, Jan Kolář, Jakub Krejčík, Vojtěch Mozík, Jakub Nakládal, Filip Novák, Martin Pláněk, Petr Zámorský. Forwards: Tomáš Filippi, Petr Koukal, Jan Kovář, Jakub Lev, Petr Pohl, Lukáš Radil, Ondřej Roman, Martin Růžička, Dominik Simon, Vladimír Svačina, Jakub Valský, Martin Zaťovič, Tomáš Zohorna.
Goaltenders: Henrik Haukeland, Steffen Søberg. Defence: Nicolai Bryhnisveen, Christian Bull, Stefan Espeland, Jonas Holøs, Mattias Nørstebø, Mats Trygg, Henrik Ødegaard. Forwards: Anders Bastiansen, Eirik Børresen, Robin Dahlstrom, Mats Frøshaug, Michael Haga, Andreas Heier, Niklas Roest, Martin Røymark, Andreas Stene, Steffen Thoresen, Thomas Valkvæ Olsen.