Earlier this afternoon Switzerland took down the Czech Republic by a score of 1-0. The lone Swiss goal was scored by Simon Bodenmann. The game was not especially exciting, but both teams played sound hockey. Two players from the Philadelphia Flyers played in the game, Jakub Voracek and Mark Streit.
For a majority of the first period the Czechs could not get the puck out of their own zone. They were having trouble opening up play and the announcers even mentioned that it looked like a Swiss power play for a long stretch. By the end of the period the Czechs had brought their shot total to within four of Switzerland, but were down 1-0. The Czech Republic could not score during the final 40 minutes as the Swiss defense and Jonas Hiller closed the door. Former-Flyer Jaromir Jagr had an abundance of scoring chances and was the most effective forward on the ice for either team, but he could not put one past the goalie. In the end, the Swiss won to head into the medal round with a record of 2-1, while the Czech Republic fell to 1-2.
Voracek, who started the tournament on a line with David Krejci and Milan Michalek, only skated for 13:17 and on a line with Martin Erat and Martin Hanzal. Ales Hemsky has moved into his spot on the Krejci line, although Hemsky’s ice time severely diminished in the third period. When Voracek was on the ice he was very effective. He was credited with only one shot on goal, but he had a few shots miss the net and created a few other opportunities. In a game in which the Czechs were struggling to score, Vorcaek should have been utilized much more effectively. He was on the ice during the final minute of play, but he lack of ice time during the game hurt the Czech offense.
Although Streit is best known for his ability to move the puck and join the rush, it was hisdefensive prowess that stuck out this afternoon. In the first period Streit made a heads-up play in front of his own net that saved a goal against. Jonas Hiller was caught out of position and the puck trickled to the middle of the crease. Streit picked it up and lifted the puck to center ice. For the second, and a majority of the third, period Streit was invisible on the ice. However, he was on the ice for a majority of the final two minutes of the game, in which the Czechs were pressing to tie it up. Streit made numerous nifty plays to stifle the Czech forwards. He skated for 22:36, took one minor penalty, and had no shots on goal (although he had a few slap shots from the point get blocked).