The Czech hockey players recognized the quality of the opponent: They were better! Slovakia now lives by hockey – Š

The goal joy of Czech players Source: TASR / František Iván SPIŠSKÁ NOVÁ VES – Czech hockey players lost their second meeting in a row in preparation for the World Cup and again had a problem with productivity. Last week on Friday in Chomutov against Germany they did not advance at all, yesterday in Spišská Nová Ves they scored only once. Defender Ján Ščotka and forward Jiří Černoch acknowledged that Slovakia won deservedly. “One goal scored in two matches is not enough, we have to focus on that. If you want to win a match, you have to score more than one goal,” Ščotka told Czech Television and Czech Radio. “I have a hard time finding words for the match. We wanted to win and return to the winning wave, but the Slovaks were better. We have to learn from it and perform better on Saturday’s match. I would say that they played a similar system today as we did, just that they performed better, “admitted the captain of the national team. The Czech team could not help itself in the power games, it did not take advantage of any of the three advantages, moreover, it collected itself in the first weakening. Matěj Blümel also answered Petr Čerešňák’s goal, and the Finnish coach Kari Jalonen was unable to react to the Slovak goals in the second period. “We didn’t have many chances, on the other hand we didn’t have Slovaks either. We didn’t help with power-ups, weakenings and the Slovaks used power-ups. There was the biggest difference,” said Ščotka. The Slovaks were better and more productive. The Negro also described the game in an uneven number of players on the ice as an important aspect of the duel. “Unfortunately, we did not manage to change the power play today, we had a chance, but it did not fall there. But hockey sometimes is. We have to believe and continue. Go to the gate and believe that we will start falling again. Slovaks were better and more productive, from our the party was not a successful match, “said the forward of Karlovy Vary. “When we started pushing in the second period, we got goals and then it’s hard to play,” Černoch said. The meeting in Spišská Nová Ves was watched by more than 4,000 spectators, who strongly supported Slovaks playing at home for the first time since winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. “The atmosphere was great and I personally felt that the hall was driving them. Slovakia now lives in hockey and I think it helped them,” said Černoch. Photo gallery for article Number of photos: 23 Author: © Zoznam Facebook / Český hokej Source: ČTK