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Game #8 Greece vs Czech Republic

Following the loss to Canada, the Greek team woul dbe facing the hosts Czech republic who also lost in the semi-finals the night before to the defedning champs Slovakia in a shoot out.

Having dissapointed their fans by not at least making the finals the Czech team wanted to at least win the bronze medal. Something the Greek team also wanted as we have never medaled and fell just short also in 2015 by finishing 4th and also losing to the same Czech team 5-1.

Unlike the Canada game the Greeks really came to play in this one. They were hungry and motivated and the game was back and forth. Unfortunately some teams like to dive and tend to over exaggerate, having officials make some suspect calls. Teh Czechs scored 3 power play goals and took a 4-2 lead into the 3rd.

Seven seconds in Kevin Kuzmarski ripped a top corner slap shot to bring the lead to only 1. With the Greeks pressuring until the end another shot off the post followed by another hitting goalie on side of helmet. We just couldn`t tie it and fell short 4-3. This was a game that we really deserved to win. We out played , outran and we ere the better team. Sometimes the score board doesnt do it justice.

From the www.pardubice website:

In their home tournament, Team Czech Republic shook off the disappointment of losing last night’s semi-final and claimed the bronze medal with a 4-3 win over Greece. Lukas Soukup scored in the second minute to get the fans cheering early, and the Czechs never trailed the rest of the way, although the Greeks stayed right in the game until the end. Greece finishes fourth for the second straight championship

After Soukup’s quick goal, the Greeks tied it up just 1:19 later when Peter Arkalis got to a loose ball after an attacking zone faceoff and backhanded it past Czech starting goalie Jan Simara. The Czechs got the lead back five minutes later on the power play, however, when Tomas Kudela’s wrister from the high slot beat Ioannis Vrettis through a crowd.

After the frantic start to the game, the pace settled down somewhat. It was 2-1 after one period and the Czechs outscored the Greeks 2-1 in the second as well. Tomas Rejthar scored on a slapper on a 5-on-3, Nicholas Pitsikoulos scored on a Greek power play, and then with the teams playing 4-on-4 in the last four minutes of the middle frame, Tomas Fejfar ran down the left wing and found Tomas Wrobel streaking to the net for the tap-in and eventual game-winning goal.

The Greeks were determined and a goal by quarter-final hero Kevin Kuzmarski just eight seconds into the third period got them back within a goal when he beat Simara up high with a long wrister. Not long after, Simara was lifted in favour of Jan Jirotka, who closed the door the rest of the way despite some late pressure.


Drahomír Kadlec (coach of Czech republic): The world edge has been balanced too much, that every game is too hard. Whether it’s against the teams like India, Greece, Portugal. I’m glad, that our boys managed it well after yesterday’s match and we abreast the championship to the medal. We had the disappointment in our heads, but every medal from world championship must me counted. Later will boys realize, that they played fantastic tournament in front of fantastic people and the medal is the reward for the work, which they have done there.

George Vouloumanos (coach of Greece): Every year we want to improve. We finished fourth last tournament. We were hoping to get a medal this time around. We had much stronger team even though we lost a lot of good players, some key players. It’s a great success to beat a strong USA. Now we lost to strong Czech Republic. We were there. We needed just two more minutes. I think the boys were battling hard. I thought we’re gonna get the goal at the end. It didn’t go our way. We’ll be here next time to get it.


Game #7: Semi-Finals vs Canada

Team Greece found themselves in the same situation as in 2015. A spot in the semi-finals ,a win would send them to the Gold Medal game. This time the opponent was the 5 time World Champions Canada.

The two teams had faced each other in the first game of the tournament where Greece failed to hold a 3-2 lead with 3 min left and ended up losing in shoot-outs.

This time the stakes were much higher. From the moment the ball dropped Canada seemed ready and eager to play where Greece wasnt.

Within a few minutes it was 2-0 for Canada and a late goal before the horn made it a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Team Greece played hard the last 2 periods but despite many chances and some unlucky breaks they couldnt get one in the back of the net.

The final score was a very dissapointing 5-0. Certainly not an outcome that Greece wanted.

News from website:

If the Greeks wanted to keep the game tied at zero for some time, they didn’t do very well. They missed on their first chance and then Canada went into a two-goal lead just three minutes into the game. Danick Martel made it 3-0 before the first intermission and Patrick O’Keefe added another one in the second period. Canada easily sailed past the Greeks to take a spot in the final game. Greece has to regroup for a bronze-medal game on Saturday afternoon.

Pinios had a good chance for Greece right at the beginning, but missed and then Canada scored two quick goals. In span of 19 seconds, at first Remi Laurencelle and then Dylan Kelly managed to beat Bitsakis to earn an early 2-0 lead for their side. Danick Martel took advantage of some free space in front of Greek goal later and scored for third goal still inside the first period.

Penalties prevented Greece from creating a pressure and trying to get on board in second period. Also Canada capitalized on one of them when Patrick O‘Keefe blasted the ball into the net for number four.

The game was hyped up, there were some minor conflicts and also a major penalty. Spiro Goulakos got ejected late in the second period and the game was pretty much settled. Kevin Reid scored the fifth shorthanded with ten minutes to go in regulation and it was only a matter of final score since then. Tim Barlow managed to perform some outstanding saves to get the shutout.


Ian Moores (head coach of Canada): We are happy to win and we are going to championship game. Greece played hard game in quarter-final yesterday, it was really good opponent today, but my players was ready to go to the championship game for sure. It doesn’t matter who will play against us in the final, we will be ready for whoever it will be.

John Kontitsis (manager of Greece): We played Canada in the past, we knew the style they play. I think today we just weren’t ready to play. We weren’t ready to run and if you are not willing to work hard against a team like this, then that’s the outcome. In the beginning we had a couple of good chances. You bury one or two of those and maybe the game changes a little bit, but you miss it and they score on the other side. But you must keep playing hard. We couldn’t seem to get the bounce, to get the goal and we never got back into the game.