Hockey: Ams' Plutnar helps Czech Republic knock off Canada

December 28, 2013 

MALMO, Sweden — Dominik Simon got the deciding goal in a shootout as the Czech Republic shocked Canada with a 5-4 victory Saturday at the World Junior Championship.

Tri-City Americans defenseman Michal Plutnar, David Kampf, Vojtech Tomecek and Jakub Vrana scored in regulation for the Czechs. It was the second goal in as many games for Plutnar.

The result left Canada at 1-0-1 and the Czechs, who were beaten 5-1 by the Americans in their tournament opener, at 1-1-0.

In the other Group A game, Jack Eichel, Ryan Hartman and Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelyck each had a goal and an assist, leading the defending champion United States to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia.

The United States scored its first three goals on power plays.

“Overall, I love to see the power-play goals we were able to get tonight,” said U.S. coach Don Lucia of the University of Minnesota. “The negative is we gave up the two. We just have to clean up some of the mistakes we made out there. I was happy how we played in the third period as far as 5-on-5 play to score those separation goals and put it away.”

Riley Barber, Dan O’Regan and Stefan Matteau also scored for the Americans (2-0-0).

The U.S. will play Germany (0-2-0) today, and Canada on Tuesday.

In Group B, Sweden and Russia each improved to 2-0-0. Sweden beat Finland 4-2, and Russia routed Switzerland 7-1.

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