VICTORIA - David Kvasnicka scored 52 seconds into overtime as the Czch Republic beat Switzerland 2-1 in the opening game of the World Junior tournament on Wednesday.
Kvasnicka took a pass from Martin Kaut and put a harmless looking wrist shot through traffic that beat a screened Luca Hollenstein over his glove hand.
Kaut scored at 9:02 of the second for the Czech Republic (1-0-0) to make it a 1-1 game through 40 minutes at Vancouver's Rogers Arena, where all Group A games are being held.
Nando Eggenberger gave Switzerland (0-1-0) a short-lived 1-0 lead with a power-play goal just 1:17 before Kaut responded for the Czechs.
Lukas Dostal made 26 saves for the win while Hollenstein stopped 25-of-27 shots in defeat.