Czech Republic holds off Latvia in men's hockey
2/14/2014 7:05:56 AM
The Czech Republic defeated Latvia 4-2 in the men's ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Games on Friday to restore their hopes of earning top spot in their group ahead of the quarter-finals.
Jakub Voracek's go-ahead goal near the midway mark of the second period, when he reached his stick out with one hand to redirect a shot from Zbynek Michalek into the Latvia net, held up as the game winner.
The win was the first of the three-game preliminary round for a Czech team looking to return to the Olympic podium for the first time since winning the bronze medal at the 2006 Games.
Both teams conclude Group C play on Saturday with the Czechs facing Switzerland and Latvia playing Sweden.