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Czech Republic defeated by Switzerland

Tomas Plekanec, Jakub Jerabek held off the scoresheet in final preliminary game, but Czechs advance to quarterfinals

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensMTL /

The Czech Republic closed out their preliminary round at the World Hockey Championship with a loss, going down 3-1 to Switzerland on Tuesday in Paris.

Vincent Praplan, Reto Suri and Damien Brunner found the back of the net for Switzerland, and Niklas Schlegel made 23 saves in the win. Roman Cervenka replied for the Czechs, and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves in the loss.

Tomas Plekanec was scoreless in the game and had one shot on net, two minutes in penalties and presented an even differential in 16:36 of playing time. Jakub Jerabek was also held off the scoresheet in 15:20 of action.

The game marked the end of the preliminary round for the Czech Republic, who begin play in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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