Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Canada vs. Czech Republic Odds, Prediction: Men's 2018 Olympic Hockey

Canada vs. Czech Republic Odds, Prediction: Men's 2018 Olympic Hockey

Dennis Hollenstein, Felicien du Bois, Thomas Rufenacht, Reto Schaeppi and Tristan Scherwey each scored a goal for the Swiss, who rebounded from a 5-1 loss to Canada in their opening game.

Wojtek Wolski scored for Canada in the shootout while Maxim Lapierre, Derek Roy, Rene Bourque and Maxim Noreau missed.

Having earlier defeated South Korea 2-1, the Czech Republic now leads the group, followed by Canada, which opened the tournament with a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday. "It was the game we expected", he said.

"Now we move ahead". The Czechs, with an effective forecheck, proved to be a stubborn opponent who twice came back from deficits.

The first period between both teams might have been the most entertaining hockey we have had to witness in the tournament so far. They also spoiled a pair of power-play chances in the third period, finishing 1-for-3 in the game.

Prospal, who retired in 2014, helped the Czechs win two world hockey championships and a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. The Canadians cruised past Switzerland, while the Czechs eked out a win over the host team. Unfortunately for Americans opponent struck first at 7:21 of the 1st period, Sergei Mozyakin with an incredible pass to Prokhokrin who was left in front of the net to make it 1-0.

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Preliminary Round Match - Canada v Czech Republic - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Canadian (in black) and Czech Republic players shake hands after the game. After Scrivens deflected a centering attempt high up in the air, Chris Lee couldn't corral the bouncing puck and Kubalik pounced on it to even the score.

The Canadians went back on top later in the period, again on the powerplay. He went down but the puck went to Noreau at the point and his shot found its way to Bourque who, finding a seam between two defenders in front, put it away at 13:30. But Jan Kovar and Michal Repik restored a sense of normalcy by scoring later in the period, and the Czechs dominated play from there to survive a serious scare. Scrivens stopped a shot by Michal Birner, but Jordan grabbed the back before pushing it into the net.

The Czechs are captained by veteran forward Martin Erat, a four-time Olympian who racked up 163 goals and 318 assists in 723 games with the Nashville Predators from 2001 to 2013.

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