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Czech Republic wins ice hockey championship with a nail-biting victory.

Switzerland fails to secure major deal

Die Tschechen waren im Hexenkessel von Prag obenauf.
Die Tschechen waren im Hexenkessel von Prag obenauf.

Czech Republic wins ice hockey championship with a nail-biting victory.

In a thrilling Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinal match, Switzerland manages to eliminate Germany, but falls short of claiming the top spot. The favored Czech Republic takes the glory, securing their 13th world championship title.

Following their triumph over Germany, the Swiss team struggles to achieve their ultimate victory. In the finals, they faced the host Czech Republic, who emerged victorious with a score of 2-0 (0-0, 0-0, 2-0). This win marks the Czechs' championship title since 2010 in Germany.

Czech Olympic champions of 1998, David Pastrnak (50) and David Kampf (60), sealed the victory with empty-net goals. This triumph of the Czech Republic is significant as it marks their fourth win in Prague, occurring in 1947, 1972, 1985, and now 2022.

Swiss performance thwarted despite NHL talent

With seven NHL professionals, including Roman Josi, rallying their compatriots, the Swiss faced a difficult start against the high-energy Czech team. In the sold-out O2 Arena, they were cheered on by Czech legend Jaromir Jagr. Ondrej Palat had the initial opportunity for the Czechs at the opening (9.), but Leonardo Genoni, the Swiss goalkeeper who had won the penalty shootout against Canada in the semifinals, held strong. The Swiss slowly gained momentum and made their attack challenging, but were ultimately unsuccessful in creating scoring opportunities, especially in a short-handed situation.

As the game continued, Palat's intense play became apparent, resulting in a broken plexiglass panel and delaying the game.

Switzerland's DEB team concludes with sixth place

Sweden was awarded the bronze medal, marking the first World Championship medal for the team since 2018. Carl Grundstrom, with two goals, spoke jubilantly after the match: "It's great to end the season with a win." Looking ahead to the upcoming home World Championship, the NHL forward expressed their aspirations: "We want to win gold next year."

Grundstrom, Erik Karlsson, and Marcus Johansson scored for Sweden, against Canada (13./54/, 50, 60), who dominated preliminaries despite losing the match. Dylan Cozens and Pierre-Luc Dubois temporarily led the Canadians, with their respective goals at 23 and 45, before the Swedish team clinched the match with a score of 4-2.

The German team, whose last year's final loss to Canada placed them here, concluded in last place in the final standings.

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