The Men’s ice hockey team from Latvia has never been that highly regarded during the past previous Winter Olympic Games, and in Sochi their record has not been doing them any favors. You can’t really blame them for their first loss against Team Switzerland earlier this week as it was a lucky bouncing puck that turned into a goal for the Swiss. It was not as if they were going up some hard-hitting goal scorers. However, when they played the Czech Republic early Friday morning it was a different story entirely.
The Czech Republic were down a game as well having lost to Team Sweden earlier this week, so when they faced off against Latvia they really wanted to redeem themselves. Team Czech Republic has a lot of players on their team that will be familiar to NHL fans like veteran Jaromir Jagr, Jakub Voracek and David Krejci, all three of whom got on the scoreboard during the game in some way.
They were just better at getting to the net than Team Latvia despite Latvia’s efforts to cut down on their lead. The Czech Republic was just able to bring the game back to them to go on winning with a 4-2 victory after 60 minutes. Their four goals were all from different goal scorers which is going to be really essential to their offensive style of play as they try to win a spot in the quarterfinals.
Their elite scoring and general teamwork was really what helped them land the victory, but it Marek Zidlicky‘s one goal and assist that really showed his determination and hard work to help his team achieve that win.
Czech Republic will try to increase their record to two wins when they go up against Team Switzerland in their third preliminary round game on Saturday.