Roman Cervenka sparks Czechs past Slovakia in men's hockey
Czechs to meet U.S. Wednesday
The Czech Republic men's Olympic hockey team came out on top 5-3 over rival Slovakia at Shayba Arena on Tuesday, advancing to the tournament quarter-finals.
Roman Cervenka scored two goals, including the game-winner for the Czechs.
The Czechs’ next opponent is the United States on Wednesday (streaming live at cbc.ca/olympics, 12:00pm ET).
Cervenka's second goal of the game, which put his team up 4-0 in the second period, turned out to be the decider.
Down by four, Marian Hossa kicked off the scoring for Slovakia 18:57 in the second period. He potted another 7:20 into the final frame, and Tomas Surovy scored the team's third goal with 12 minutes left in the game, swinging momentum in the Slovaks' favour.
But Tomas Plekanec's empty-netter sealed the win for the Czechs with less than a minute left.
The first period was an exhibition of dominance by the Czech Republic, starting with a power-play goal by Ales Hemsky at 6:53. Moments later Cervenka scored his first of the game when the forward banked in the second goal for the Czechs in 29 seconds.
With the opening frame almost over, David Krejci padded the lead by scoring another power-play goal at 17:03.