Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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The home soil and fans lifted the Czechs to a 4-3 win in the 2020 WJC opener at the Ostravar Arena.

The fans that flooded the gates in Ostrava had the lucky chance to watch a real thriller that started with a spectacular first period. Early on, the home side enjoyed a quick 2-0 advantage after only eight minutes as they defeated Yaroslav Askarov twice. The Russians controlled the tempo of the game and eventually tied it up. First, defenseman Egor Zamula found twine with a mid-range wrister. Four minutes later, SKA's Vasily Podkolzin converted a loose puck into goal with a fast stick job in front of the Czech crease.

In the second period, the Czechs sat back and played a fast, counter-attacking game. It worked, and after five minutes Matej Blumel with a quick break sent the home fans on their feet. However, Zamula completed his double after a sweet and accurate pass by Ak Bars' Dmitry Voronkov to silence the still-chanting home crowd.

The Czech displayed a fantastic scoring chances-to-goals ratio when they scored the final 4-3 goal later in the second period. After one of their lethal counter-attacks, the team led behind the bench by the two-time IIHF WC winner Vaclav Varada – found themselves with a two-man advantage, which they capitalized with a blue-line shot by Jan Jenik.

In the third period – after replacing a struggling Askarov with Ak Bars' Amir Miftakhov – the Russians run desperately forward in an attempt to tie the game once again, but it didn't work out. The Czech goalie Tomas Dostal played lights out and stopped several chances by Podkolzin, Grigory Denisenko, and Pavel Dorofeyev, securing a first, crucial win for the Czechs. In the next game, the Russians will face Team Canada on Saturday night, and Bragin's side is already seeking a win to move up in the standings.

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