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Francouz Posts Back-to-Back Shutouts

Czech Republic defeats Austria, remains in second place in Group B

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Czech Republic (8) vs. Austria (0)

Pavel Francouz picked up his second consecutive shutout at the 2019 IIHF World Championship as the Czech Republic defeated Austria 8-0 on Sunday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Colorado Avalanche prospect goaltender stopped all 16 shots he faced against Austria (0-0-0-6), two days after making 15-of-15 saves in his 2019 Worlds debut against Italy on Friday.

Czechia, which outshot the Austrians 39-16 overall, scored three goals in both the second and third periods to pull away with the victory.

Radek Faksa of the Dallas Stars, Jan Kolar and Dominik Kubalik had a goal and two assists each, while a total of eight Czech players finished with multiple points.

The Czech Republic is second in Group B with a 5-0-0-1 record and 15 points. It closes out the preliminary round on Tuesday against Switzerland.


Russia (3) vs. Switzerland (0)

Russia remained unbeaten at the World Championship with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland on Sunday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) scored two of the three goals for Russia (6-0-0-0), which leads Group B and is the only country that has yet to suffer a loss of any kind.

Colorado defensemen Nikita Zadorov recorded two penalty minutes and one shot while seeing 16:37 of time on ice for Russia.

Switzerland has dropped its past two games and presently has a 4-0-0-2 record. Avalanche forward and Zurich native Sven Andrighetto had two shots in 19:51 of ice time for the Swiss.

Both squads conclude group play on Tuesday when Switzerland takes on the Czech Republic and Russia faces Sweden (4-0-0-1).


United States (3) vs. Germany (1)

Germany dropped its second game at the 2019 Worlds on Sunday with a 3-1 loss to the United States at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia.

The score was knotted at 1-1 after the first period and remained that way until midway through the third period with Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) and Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) broke the tie for the Americans (4-1-0-1), who outshot the Germans 29-25.

Avalanche and German goaltender Philipp Grubauer did not play.

Germany is currently in fourth place in Group A with a 4-0-0-2 record and looks to secure its spot into the quarterfinals on Tuesday when it faces pool-leader Finland (5-0-1-0).

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