Czechs beat Slove­nia; Swe­den routs Italy

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY JEROME PUG­MIRE

Cen­tre Ro­man Ho­rak scored two quick goals as the Czech Repub­lic beat Slove­nia 5-1 at the ice hockey world cham­pi­onship on Friday.

The win moved the 2010 cham­pion into sec­ond place in Group B, one point above Switzer­land and two be­hind leader Canada, which is chas­ing a third straight ti­tle and record­e­qual­ing 27th over­all.

Cen­tre Elias Lind­holm scored his fifth goal of the tour­na­ment as nine-time cham­pion Swe­den moved up to sec­ond in Group A by crush­ing last­placed Italy 8-1 at the Lanxess arena, net­ting five goals in the third pe­riod.

Ho­rak’s goals came a lit­tle more than three min­utes apart dur­ing a one-sided first pe­riod for the Czech Repub­lic.

Af­ter Michal Repik scored on an early power-play, Ho­rak dou­bled the lead on another power-play eight min­utes into the first pe­riod and struck again with 11:46 on the clock.

De­fence­man Michal Kempny put Slove­nia well out of reach just two min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod, prod­ding in from close range af­ter be­ing set up from be­hind the net by cen­tre Petr Vrana.

Slove­nia’s con­so­la­tion goal came from for­ward Miha Ver­lic early into the third.

“We lost too many pucks in the neu­tral zone and they took ad­van­tage of that,’’ Slove­nia coach Nik Zu­pan­cic said. “There was no chance to­day, the Czech team has qual­ity and de­servedly won.’’

Cen­ter Ro­man Cer­venka got the fifth goal with a stylish fin­ish on a break­away, col­lect­ing a feed from Jan Ko­var and show­ing soft hands to glide around goal­tender Gasper Kroselj be­fore dump­ing the puck home to send the Czech fans be­hind the goal wild.

Swe­den’s other goals came from Victor Rask with a slap shot into the top right cor­ner, de­fence­men Philip Holm and Jonas Brodin, Li­nus Omark, Carl Kling­berg, Joel Eriks­son Ek, and John Kling­berg.

In Friday’s late games, co­host France beat Be­larus 4-3 in Paris in Group B, and Den­mark de­feated co-host Ger­many 3-2 in Cologne in Group A.

The top four from each group ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals on Thurs­day in each city.

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