Although the Norwegians had a better balance with eight wins and six draws from the previous 21 mutual matches, they lost to the Czech Republic four times in a row before the start of today’s duel. The last time they rejoiced was on December 7, 2012, after winning 5: 4 after separate raids in a duel for 5th to 8th place at the championship in Zurich.
Only Captain Tom Ondrušek remembered the Czech rejuvenated staff, and the Czechs did not admit any surprises in Helsinki. The Norwegians held a goalless state until 8:58, when Marek Beneš beat Markus Jelsnes with a shot over the defending Andreas Grönli.
Jakub Gruber finished the combination of Filip Forman and Mikuláš Krbec in just 89 seconds, and in his third duel at the World Cup he rejoiced in the first goal. The Norwegians could reduce in the 19th minute, when after the backhand hit of Ole Mossin Olesen, Lukáš Bauer was helped by the left pole.
Ondrušek the third in the historical table
In the 24th minute, the lonely David Šimek matured into a backhand on Jelsnes, and in 89 seconds Ondřej Vítovec beat Ondrušek, who with 55 goals in 96 matches equalized in the third place in the historical table of the Czech national team scorers to the third Tomáš Sladký. Only Radim Cepek (71 goals) and Matěj Jendrišák (63) are better.
Adam Delong increased the visitors’ lead by putting a volley away after a pass from the right. At 30:11, Patrick Hjemgard took Bauer’s net account after a pass by 41-year-old Ketil Kronberg, who is starting at the 11th World Championships and equaled the record of Finnish legend Mika Kohonen.
In the 34th minute, the Czech team lost the defender Dominik Beneš, who had to withdraw from the game with an injured ankle. Kettunen’s selection hit again 64 seconds before the end of the second period, when Filip Langer turned Josef Rýpar’s pass with Hjemgard’s suspension.
In the third period, the Czechs did not take advantage of Marius Pedersen’s sentence and then allowed the Norwegians a series of chances, but Bauer resisted. In the end, the Norwegians corrected the situation. In the 57th minute, Langer was still helped by Baur after a shot by Markus Lindgjerdet, but Ole Martin Jansson scored in the ongoing action.
At 58:25 in power play, Olesen reduced to 3: 6, but as the Norwegians continued to play in the empty net, he secured the result 81 seconds before the end with his second goal in the Gruber match.
|Helsinki Floorball World Championships in Helsinki:|
|Denmark – Sweden 1:15 (1: 4, 0: 3, 0: 8)|
|Branky: 20. Eldholm – 2. a 10. K. Nilsson, 35. a 37. Sjögren, 44. a 58. Galante Carlström, 44. a 50. Bredberg, 45. a 51. Sankell, 3. Backby, 11. Haglund, 40. Ahrén, 42. Aldeeb, 58. Persson.|
|Czech Republic – Norway 7: 3 (2: 0, 4: 1, 1: 2)|
|Goals and recordings: 9. Marek Beneš (Vítovec), 11. Gruber (M. Krbec), 24. D. Šimek (Kisugite), 25. Ondrušek (Vítovec), 29. Delong (D. Beneš), 39. Langer ( Rýpar), 59. Gruber – 31. Hjemgard (Kronberg), 57. Jansson, 58. Olesen (Gidske). Judges: Ismail, Rosayro (both Sing.). Exclusion: 1: 2. Utilization: 1: 1. Attendance: 216.|
|Czech Republic: Bauer – Němeček, Vítovec, D. Beneš, Besta, Gruber, Kisugite, Punčochář – Rýpar, Langer, Marek Beneš – Ondrušek, Šindler, Delong – M. Krbec, F. Forman, D. Šimek – Havlas, Hemerka. Coach: Petri Kettunen.|
|Switzerland – Germany 9: 2 (2: 1, 2: 0, 5: 1)|
|Branky: 48. a 51. Ch. Meier, 1. Braillard, 20. Maurer, 26. Michel, 31. Schiess, 41. Mendelin, 55. Riedi, 56. Zaugg – 13. Von Pritzbuer, 57. Weisskirchen.|
|USA – Poland 0:18 (0: 7, 0: 7, 0: 4)|
|Estonia – Singapore 13: 2 (4: 0, 3: 1, 6: 1)|
|Canada – Philippines 13: 8 (6: 3, 4: 3, 3: 2)|