Hockey

Thomson Reuters - Friday Feb. 14, 2014 05:56 ET

Czech Republic holds off Latvia in men's hockey

Czechs even record at 1-1

Zemgus Girgensons
Zemgus Girgensons #28 of Latvia falls to the ice against Marek Zidlicky #2 and Martin Hanzal #11 of Czech Republic in the third period (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

The Czech Republic defeated Latvia 4-2 in the men's ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Games on Friday to restore their hopes of earning top spot in their group ahead of the quarter-finals. 
 
Jakub Voracek's go-ahead goal near the midway mark of the second period, when he reached his stick out with one hand to redirect a shot from Zbynek Michalek into the Latvia net, held up as the game winner. 
 
The win was the first of the three-game preliminary round for a Czech team looking to return to the Olympic podium for the first time since winning the bronze medal at the 2006 Games. 
 
Both teams conclude Group C play on Saturday with the Czechs facing Switzerland and Latvia playing Sweden.

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