Czech Republic and Slovakia had the honor to face each other in the first game in the Paralympics qualification tournament in Östersund. Czech Republic took control over the game quickly, by scoring two quick goals and put themselves in pole-position after four minutes played. Slovakia had quite a struggle with the Czech team although the game and the defender Pavel Kubes who scored three of the five goals made by Czech Republic.
The young starlet Martin Joppa, 20 years old, in Slovakia showed some great skills during the game but weren’t able to provide a goal for the Slovakian team. The goaltender in Czech Republic, Eduard Lepacek, kept his zero intact throughout the game and made a couple of qualified saves on Slovakian attempts. Still, the shining star of the game were the Czech defender Pavel Kubes who made a rock solid performance throughout the whole 45 minutes.
Kubes, together with David Palat and the captain of the team Zdenek Safranek made it a hard time for the slovakian team one the ice. The three of them scored or assisted to all the five goals and will play a big role in this qualification tournament for the Czech ice hockey team. Also the fast, inside out player #96 Zdenek Krupicka were a threat to the slovakian team. But he was forced to leave the ice in the third period after suffering an injury after a tackle and left the ice with the medicals, but seems to be alright even though the circumstances.
In the next game Czech Republic will be facing Germany, 15:00 on wednesday. Slovakia will have to recharge for a new game tomorrow, tuesday, also against Germany, 15:00.
Czech Republic – Slovakia
Result: 5 – 0 (3-0, 1-0, 1-0)
Scorer: 1-0, 1.40 #24, Zdenek Safranek(Palat).
2-0, 4.01 #29, Pavel Kubes(Motycka, Geier).
3-0, #29 13.48 #29 Pavel Kubes(Habl, Geier).
4-0, 24.19 #24, Zdenek Safranek(Palat, Krupicka).
5-0, 43.41 #29 Pavel Kubes(Motycka)
Shots: 29 – 19
Penalty: (Slovakia) 40.51, Erik Fojtik. 2 min, hooking.
Best player: Czech Republic: #29 Pavel Kubes
Slovakia: #25 Martin Joppa