A few days ago we wrote about the status of the middle and lower sections of the hockey nations and warned about Belarus. Team USA should have listened because in today’s game they got outplayed in the second period. At the same time, home nation Czech Republic beat France 5-1 and superstar veteran player Jaromir Jagr scored again.
USA 2-5 Belarus
After a goalless first period, Belarus exploded in the second period. They scored three straight goals in five minutes. USA got an important equalizer shortly before the second break but Alexej Kalyuzhny did Belaru’s fourth goal about a minute into the last period. He also scored their fifth and last goal shortly after USA:s second goal. This takes Belarus up to the top of group B.
Czech Republic 5-1 France
Czech Republic dominated against France and outshot them by 46-20. After a goal less first period Ondrej Nemec scored the first goal 1:15 into the second period and five minutes later Vladimir Sobotka scored the second. France got a goal in the period but in the third act Jaromir Jagr stepped up and scored 3-1. Nemec did his second goal of the game and assisted to Roman Cervenkas 5-1 goal. The victory means that Czech Republic has a firm grip of the fourth place in group A.