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CZECH REPUBLIC 4 - AUSTRIA 0
Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was once again rock-solid between the pipes, guiding the Czech Republic to a 4-0 victory over Austria Friday at the 2015 IIHF World
Hockey Championship in Prague.
Pavelec made 12 saves, improving to 3-1-0 in four consecutive games after backing up to start the first two. He has now stopped 67 of 73 shots in the tournament for a 1.66 goals-against average and a .918 save
This was Pavelec's third career shutout at the Worlds, previously recording two at the
event back in 2011.
Ondrej Nemec, Martin Zatovic, Vladimir Sobotka and Jake Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) scored in the win, delighting the rambunctious hometown crowd at O2
Pavelec wasn’t overly busy, but he was great when called upon. Early in the third period after Voracek had given the Czechs a 4-0 lead, the 27-year-old stretched out the
right pad to deny Brian Lebler in tight.
With the win, the Czechs have vaulted into third place in Group A, trailing Sweden and Canada by one and two points, respectively. READ: Full story courtesy IIHF.com Next up:
Czech Republic vs. Germany - Sunday, May 10 at 9:15am CT.
-- USA 1 - DENMARK 0
Over in Group B action at CZE Arena in Ostrava, the United States eked a 1-0 win over Denmark.
With the victory, Team USA improves to 4-1-0, reclaiming the top spot in Group B with 12 points.
Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck had a terrific night in the crease, posting 21 saves for the shutout.
The 21-year-old has allowed only two goals on 74 shots in three games, giving him a tournament-leading goals-against average (0.67) and save percentage (.973).
Hellebuyck’s best came early in the third period when Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand was sprung on a breakaway. Hellebuyck didn’t bite on the backhand deke – the brunt of his blocker coolly punching it aside.
Brock Nelson scored the game’s only goal, a wraparound at 7:54 of the second period.COMING SOON: Full story courtesy IIHF.comNext up:
USA vs. Slovenia - Sunday, May 10 at 9:15am CT.