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Thursday, 27 November 2008 Print E-mail
6th WFC - Sweden (Helsingborg, Malmö, Stockholm)
The last encounter of the world’s best teams so far was hosted in 2006 by Stockholm. Tournament organizers placed the final games into the famous Globen Arena and the entire Championship in the birthplace of this sport was to be the best in the history. Unfortunately, the interest of spectators in the games fell short of expectations and only slightly over six thousand spectators watched the semifinal game between the host country and the Czech Republic in the huge hall. It was only in the final match against the traditional rival from Finland when the Swedish fans created excellent atmosphere. Despite the fact that for the first time in the history the Swedes had to fight for the title for more than 60 minutes and during the final they were already down by three goals, the gold medals again glittered on their yellow-blue jerseys.

The Czech national team travelled to Stockholm to defend silver medals. Nevertheless, the first goal the coaching trio Zdeněk Skružný, David Zlatník and Pasi Tilander set for the team was qualification from the group stage where, apart from the favourite Finnish team, also the unpredictable Latvians posed a threat.

“The first goal was to successfully pass the group stage. We definitely didn’t want to talk straight away about what we would need to play against the Swedes in the semifinals,” describes Skružný. “Already the first game against Italy was not easy at all. As we had expected, they presented themselves with tough defence and it’s always very difficult for us to play against. Our players mostly thought about how many goals they should score instead of thinking about defence, and so the Italians also had a few chances. But we needed such game at the beginning. It was better than playing without any problems against an outsider. We didn’t care about the score; we just needed two points and we managed,” the head coach commented on the initial 7:2 victory over the new member of the elite division.

The next game against the tournament co-favourite from Finland presented a big challenge. The Czech players were keeping drawn score for a long time, but deadly Finnish power plays decided about the 3:6 loss. “We were satisfied with the performance, maybe also with the result. However, there were some situations in the game where we could have still done better. We hit three posts and didn’t score in several power plays or from a penalty shot. However, in the second period, when the score was 3:2, our player was very strictly penalized and the Finns converted two power plays and virtually decided the game,” Skružný evaluated the match.

The national team then knew that the next game against resistant Latvians would decide about the second spot in the group, which would ensure qualification to the semifinals. The team succeeded in the important test and decided about the 6:3 win mainly in the second period. Only unnecessary Latvian goals before the end of the game spoiled the overall impression. “It was definitely the second period that decided about our win. We completely controlled it and expressed our dominance by goals as well. It’s just a pity that we let the Latvians score before the end of the game. The players were more and more irritated by some of the referees’ decisions, which caused unnecessary penalties,” complained the assistant coach Zlatník.

In the last group game with Russia the coaching trio let the best players have some rest and younger players were given the opportunity to play. “They played a very good game. At the beginning it was apparent they were a bit nervous, but the older players created a great atmosphere for them before the match as well as on the bench and confirmed they really worked as a team,” Skružný evaluated the 10:2 victory. “We met the primary goal, won three group games, played a great game with favourites from Finland, and looked forward to the match with Sweden in Globen.”

“Never before had we had such a thorough preparation about how to beat Sweden before a game against this opponent. Of course we always wanted to succeed. But with regard to the opponent’s strength we often really only tried to keep favourable score for as long as possible. But during the past two years the national team made a big progress not only in its performance on the field, but also in its confidence. We wanted to surprise them, forecheck actively, get their defenders under pressure. But a bad first period decided about our loss 2:4. In the first break we told the players that if they continued with such performance, the Swedes would score ten goals at least. But in the dressing room they woke up and then played a very good rest of the game.”

But the biggest disappointment for the Czech team was the very last game – a 4:9 loss in the third place game against Switzerland. “The same situation as in the first period against Sweden occurred – the opponent scored two quick goals. When we then managed to score one goal before the end of the first period and after the break our aim was to equalize as soon as possible, we again let the opponent score other two quick goals. Then it was very difficult to turn the score around,” explained Zdeněk Skružný in an interview for MF DNES. “Maybe we were too confident after previous victories against the Swiss and underestimated them a bit. When the score was 1:5 we started to change the lines. We already felt some kind of resignation from the players, so we tried to give them new impulses by new changes, and not give up. We had some hope that Switzerland might become nervous after we reduced the score to 3:5, but when they scored a quick goal to 3:6, it was obvious that we cannot make it anymore.”

Hence, the great success of playing in the final game in 2004 was replaced by slight disappointment from the fourth position. “It’s a pity. We performed very well during the Championship. We definitely didn’t fail. We managed to go through to the semifinals without bigger problems but this time it was not enough to reach the medal positions. Unlike at the previous World Championship, this time our second line didn’t play very well and it is apparent in the final standings,” Zdeněk Skružný evaluated the overall performance of the Czech team.

Complete statistics of 6th WFC 2006, Sweden:

Division A, Group 1


Final rank Group 1:
1. Sweden 7
2. Switzerland 6
3. Denmark 4
4. Norway 3
5. Germany 0

Czech Republic - Germany 20:1
Norway - Switzerland 6:6
Denmark - Sweden 1:11
Sweden - Norway 17:2
Germany - Denmark 2:8
Denmark - Norway 5:3
Switzerland - Germany 22:5
Germany - Sweden 1:15
Switzerland - Denmark 12:3
Norway - Germany 9:4
Sweden - Switzerland 4:4

Division A, Group 2
Czech Republic

Final rank Group 2
1. Finland 8
2. Czech Republic 6
3. Latvia 4
4. Denmark 2
5. Russia 0

Finland - Russia 12:2
Italy - Czech Republic 2:7
Czech Republic - Finland 3:6
Latvia - Italy 7:2
Italy - Finland 0:20
Russia - Latvia 6:10
Latvia - Czech Republic 3:6
Russia - Italy 2:7
Finland - Latvia 12:1
Czech Republic - Russia 10:2

Division B, Group 1

Final rank Group 1:
1. Slovenia 8
2. Netherlands 6
3. Austria 4
4. Singapore 2
5. Australia 0

Austria - Singapore 7:1
Slovenia - Netherlands 7:5
Netherlands - Austria 4:3
Australia - Slovenia 3:7
Singapore - Australia 6:5
Slovenia - Austria 8:6
Singapore - Slovenia 3:6
Australia - Netherlands 1:6
Netherlands - Singapore 11:6
Austria - Australia 9:2
Division B, Group 2
Great Britain

Final rank Group 2:
1. Estonia 8 bodů
2. Hungary 4
3. Japan 4
4. USA 2
5. Great Britain 2

Japan - Estonia 1:6
Hungary - USA 11:7
USA - Japan 3:8
Great Britain - Hungary 8:7
Hungary - Japan 8:4
Estonia - Great Britain 11:3
Estonia - Hungary 9:4
Great Britain - USA 5:7
USA - Estonia 1:13
Japan - Great Britain 5:2
Konečné pořadí Divize A:
1. Sweden
2. Finland
3. Switzerland
4. Czech Republic
5. Latvia
6. Denmark
7. Norway
8. Italy
9. Russia
10. Germany
9th place
Germany - Russia 5:7

7th place
Italy - Norway 1:11

5th place
Denmark - Latvia 4:5

Finland - Switzerland 5:2
Sweden - Czech Republic 4:2

3rd place
Switzerland - Czech Republic 9:4

Finland - Sweden 6:7 (pp)

Scoring Leaders
Adrian Zimmermann (Switzerland) 16 (9+7))
Markus Gerber (Switzerland) 15 (5+10)
Esa Jusila(Finland) 14 (3+11)
Tero Tiitu (Finland) 13 (11+2)
Niklas Jihde (Sweden) 13 (8+5)
Pavel Kožušník (Czech Republic) 13 (6+7)
Michael Zürcher(Switzerland) 13 (6+7)
Anders Hellgård(Sweden) 13 (3+10)
Roman Druzininskiy (Russia) 12 (9+3)
Ketil Kronberg (Norway) 11 (7+4)

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