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Czechia improves to 2-0 in Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament

Czechia 7 Germany 2

Czechia improved to 2-0 in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a 7-2 win over Germany Monday at the Peavey Mart Centrium.

Eduard Sale paced the winners with a three-goal performance, while singles were added by Matteo Koci, Dominik Petr, Andrej Fabry and Adam Csabi. Linus Brandl and Timo Ruckdaschel replied for Germany.

Adam Dybal blocked 22 shots for Czechia. Leon Willerscheid and Dean Doge combined to make 25 saves at the other end.

“We spent a lot of time in meetings, video and in person. I’m more happy with the result and our teams performance [tonight]. Tomorrow, the first thing is to get some rest, have a relaxing day after preparing for our crucial game against the United States,” said Czechia head coach Tibor Tartal.

Finland 4 United States 1

Eemil Vinni made 30 saves and Tuomas Vronen scored twice as Finland (1-1) downed the United States (1-1) in an afternoon contest.

Emil Jarventie and Maxim Eliseev also tallied for the Finns, while Quentin Musty notched the lone US goal and Calvin Vachon turned aside 19 shots in a losing cause.

“We played a tight game against the Czech’s yesterday and I think we deserved to win but they got the two points from the shootout. We knew that it’s do or die if we want to win the cup and if we don’t win this game, we don’t have a chance to win the cup so that was the mindset of the game. Everybody put their effort 100% in this game,” said Finnish defenceman Aron Kiviharju.

Sweden 4 Slovakia 1

Otto Stenberg sniped a pair of goals to lead Sweden to victory in a morning game.

David Edstrom and Zeb Forsfjall also scored for the winners, who got a 32-save outing from Noah Erliden.

Samuel Barcik  supplied the lone Slovakian goal. Netminder Samuel Urban made 35 saves.

“It’s exciting to win the first game of the tournament. Our team helped me [a lot], blocked shots and played aggressive on the pentalty kill. [It was a] very good game from our team,” said Erliden.

On Tuesday, Switzerland (0-1) will face Sweden (1-0) at 11 a.m., Finland will take on Germany (0-2) at 3 p.m. and Canada (1-0) and Slovakia (0-1) will face off at 7 p.m.

The preliminary portion of the tournament will end Wednesday, with playoffs set for Friday and Saturday.

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