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Sunday, 14 December 2008 Print E-mail
The Swiss have the bronze after beating the home team
Switzerland defended bronze medals from 2006. In the 3rd place game they beat the home team 5:4 in overtime. Simon Stucki was the author of the decisive goal with less than one minute left to be played in overtime.

At the beginning of the battle for the bronze medal the Swiss were better. Christoph Hofbauer took away the ball from Zálesný by the board and with a quick shot he surprised the Czech goalie Kafka. The Czechs did not manage to score in the first period. Pavel Kožušník had the biggest opportunity to equalize ase was approaching the Swiss goal from the left wing but Tönz was ready and saved.

The Czech team managed to equalize at the very end of the second period. One minute before the second intermission Radek Sikora orientated himself best in the crease and sent the bouncing ball into the net. But he celebrated his goal too vigorously, ran through the zone by the Swiss bench and the referees awarded him a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. At the end of his two-minute penalty Christoph Hofbauer scored the second goal from a one-timer after Antener’s pass.

The Swiss increased their lead in the 48th minute. Their quick combination froze out the Czech defence, Stucki remained alone in front of Kafka and scored.

But the Czechs took a deep breath in and started the turnaround in the score. First of all Zálesný caught the Swiss pass and scored into the top left corner of Tönz’s goal. Then Sikora equalized after Zálesný’s pass from the corner and the accurate shot by Skalík put the Czechs into the lead for the first time.

However, the Czechs did not keep the tight lead for a long time. With less than half a minute played from the Czech fourth goal, the Swiss team captain, Matthias Hofbauer, disappointed the Czech fans by a long-distance shot. His equalizer to 4:4 sent the game into the overtime.

The extra time brought a few promising chances on both sides, but the decisive goal came one minute before its end. Simon Stucki scored after a combination with Cadish and ensured bronze medals for the Swiss team.