By Alexander Liepold
CZECH REPUBLIC 5, SLOVAKIA 3
The Czech Republic squeaked out a 5-3 victory over Slovakia in the final game of the qualification round. The Czechs jumped out to a 4-1 lead through two periods, thanks in part to two power play goals, one from David Krejci and one from Ales Hemsky. Roman Cervenka added two goals of his own, as it looked like the Czechs were going to roll through the final period.
However, Slovakia began to mount a comeback in the third, outshooting the Czech Republic 15-8. Marian Hossa scored his second of the game, coupled with Tomas Surovy’s goal a minute-and-a-half later, to cut the lead to one with 10 minutes to go.
Tomas Plekanec potted an empty-netter with 39 seconds to halt the comeback.
The Czech Republic will now face the United States Wednesday in the quarterfinal. The Slovakians ended their disappointing tournament without a win.