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Czechs edge Tre Kronor for the win
Sweden got off to a tough start against Czech Republic on the opening day of the 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship with a 2-3 loss in a very close game.
The two teams faced off in the blistering +28°C heat of the Ondrej Nepela Arena. After a scoreless first period, it took the genius of Jakub Petruzalek to break the stalemate but only a minute and 7 seconds later, it was Sweden's turn as Filip Pettersson carried the puck and created space for Jesper Kokkonen to even the score at 1-1.
It took a Swedish power play late in the second period to open the game further with Linus Svedlund driving it home on assists by Marcus Lissäng and Markus Kinisjärvi.
The second half saw an invigorated Czech Republic in the rink and Mikulas Zboril evened the score after 31 minutes of play. The Czechs had a golden opportunity to take the lead with a penalty shot, if it wasn't for the heroics of superstar goalie Robert Kinisjärvi standing tall in net. The stalemate was finally broken in the final period by Jiri Cernoch, who scored the game winning goal with 8 minutes left in the game.
Sweden sought a late equaliser without a goalie, but unsuccessfully and the final score after 48 minutes was 2-3 for the Czechs.
Team Sweden Player of the Game was deservedly Robert Kinisjärvi, who mustered a superhuman performance in extremely hot conditions.
Team Sweden's next game will be against Germany on Monday at 16:00 local time.