Jakub Vrana, one of the top-rated European prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored a goal in regulation and had the winner in a shootout as the Czech Republic Under-18 Select Team rallied to beat Switzerland 4-3 on Tuesday in the preliminary round of the Ivan Hlinka memorial tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic.
After spotting Switzerland a 3-0 first-period lead, the host country got on the scoreboard midway through the second when Vrana uncorked a wrist shot that beat goaltender Gauthier Desclaux. While the goal ignited the home fans, the Czechs couldn't solve Desclaux again until the final minute of regulation, when they scored a pair of shorthanded goals 35 seconds apart to force overtime.
With the teams skating 5-on-5 after the Czech Republic pulled goaltender Jan Pechek while killing a penalty, Pavel Jenys took a feed from Pavel Zacha and beat Desclaux with a wrist shot to make it 3-2 with 58 seconds remaining. The Czechs kept the pressure on before Filip Pyrochta took a pass from Jenys and connected again to send the game into OT.