With the only goal of the game, Michal Geier earned a last win for Czech Republic and the gold medal in Östersund. In the last game of the tournament, Czech Republic faced Japan in a final game. Playing about the gold medal, pride and better seeding in Paralympics 2018 in Pyeongchang.
With two goalless periods in the battle, the only score was made by Michal Geier in the second period. A firecracker from distance found the net behind the Fukushima in Japans goal and the one goal from Geier was just enough for the win. Both teams playing tight defense, didn’t give any of the teams much time for trying to score. A true, tight battle between the two best teams of the tournament.
The goal was Geiers fourth in the tournament and put him on a second best seating behind team colleague Pavel Kubes with five goals in the goals league. The goal also put him on a shared first place in the points league, together with the Japan star defender, Wataru Horie.
The defeat against Czech Republic was the only zero pointer for Japan in this tournament, who lost their star defender Misawa in the first game. Due to a broken collarbone, Misawa was forced to leave the team for treatment. Hoping to be well for the Paralympics in march next year.
”It feels fantastic. We followed our goal and we used our opportunitys, so it feels fantastic.” – #11 Karel Wagner, Czech Republic.
Czech Republic – Japan
Result: 1 – 0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0)
Scorer: 1-0, 28:21 #74, Michal Geier, (Motycka).
Shots: 12 – 8
Penalty: (Czech Republic) 39:40, Wagner. 2 min, interference.
(Japan) 4:44, #96 Kumagai. 2 min, interference.
17:22, #27 Annaka. 2 min, too many players on the ice.
Best player: Czech Republic: #11 Karel Wagner.
Japan: #32 Daisuke Uehara