With an 8 – 1 win over the Sweden men’s national sledge hockey team, the Czech Republic claimed first place at the Dresden hosted Czech Sledge Open.
The Czech’s allowed Sweden to score early, with the game initially at 2 – 1. Jiří Berger scored for his team to bring the score to 3 – 1. Pavel Kubeš then scored for the Czechs, bringing the score to 4 – 1. Kubeš’s goal put him in the top scoring position at the event. Kubeš then scored again to bring the score to 5 – 1 and giving him a hat trick. Despite the lopsided score, the Swedes kept up their intensity against the Czechs who continued to dominate in puck possession. Martin Novak scored the team’s next goal to bring the score to 6 – 1. Michal Geier put in goal 7 for the Czechs. Novak then scored the Czech Republic’s 8th and last goal.
The competition was part of warmup and training for the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool scheduled to take place in Buffalo, New York. That event officially kicks off on April 24 and runs until May 2. The United States, Russia, Canada, Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, Germany and Japan will all be competing at the event. The Czech Republic has been put into Group A with Canada, Norway and Japan.
Czech fans on Facebook have been incredibly satisfied with their team’s performance during this competition, and see good omens for their performance in Buffalo, especially in regards to the team’s performance against the Russians and 3 – 0 victory against Norway, whom they will meet in pool play.
Sweden will be at the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships B-Pool in Ostersund, Sweden which run from March 15 to 21. Teams competing there include South Korea, Great Britain, Slovakia and Poland.