Ice sledge hockey - Czech Republic v Norway - 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A Pool
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The Czech Republic won a fiercely fought game against Norway, 3-1, outshooting their opponents 24-9 behind two early goals by forward Jiri Raul.
The Czech Republic’s 3-1 win over Norway and Russia’s 2-1 victory against host nation Korea highlighted the first day of action at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships on Saturday (13 April) in Goyang, Korea.
The Czechs won a fiercely fought game against the Norwegians by outshooting their opponents 24-9 behind two early goals by forward Jiri Raul.
Audun Baake was the lone player to find the net for Norway, keeping his team within one score for much of the final period. However, David Palat chipped in a shot with 29 seconds to go in the game to seal the win for the Czechs under new head coach Jiri Briza, who was making his World Championship debut at the helm.
Following the game, Czech team captain Zdenek Safranek insisted on getting his team back to the Winter Paralympic Games next year after finishing fifth at Vancouver 2010.
“It is our goal to finish in the top five in Goyang and qualify for Sochi, and if we get to the bronze or gold-medal game here that will be an extra bonus,” he said.