OFF AT THE 2012 WORLD JUNIOR
In a shocking upset, Team USA loses
to the very enthusiastic team from the
Petr Mrazek in net for the Czechs
displayed energy and a light-hearted
side with his celebrating of goals by his
Bill Arnold for Team USA gets Player
of the game nod as well as Petr Holik for
the Czechs despite the 'jeers' from the
crowd after the games' 5-2 victory.
Mrazek faced 54 shots allowing only 2
goals. Team USA dominated the shots
but they were unable to produce more
Team USA had a crowd awakening
penalty shot after Jiri Riha of the
Czech team took a tripping call on the
breakaway by Josh Archibald. Mrazek
stood tall between the pipes and denied
Josh's scoring attempt. The exuberant
Mrazek double fist pumped the crowd
ecstatic at the 2-2 tie remaining.
In spite of their efforts, Team USA just
couldn't fight the force that was Petr
Mrazek. With the Czech win, Team
Canada automatically gets a bye into
semi-finals. While the Czechs will face
off against Finland in their final game of
the Preliminary round.
Team USA will play Team Canada
Saturday in the last of the Prelims.
Sher Boudreau Free Lance Reporter in the Fraser Valley