Erat sees little ice time in Czech loss to Switzerland

Erat sees little ice time in Czech loss to Switzerland
February 15, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Playing on Jaromir Jagr's 42nd birthday, the Czech Republic fell to Switzerland on Saturday in a 1-0 shutout. The Czechs had their chances with 26 shots on goal, including several prime opportunities for Tomas Plekanec in the third period. Switzerland's Jonas Hiller proved too good with his second shutout of the 2014 Olympics. He has yet to allow a goal in Sochi.

The Czech Republic has now lost two games in the Olympics after falling to Sweden on Friday. Switzerland, meanwhile, has clinched second place in Group C. 

Highlights:

--Switzerland's goal came 14:10 into the first period on a Simon Bodenmann slapshot that went top shelf on Ondrej Pavelec. Denis Hollenstein emerged with the puck after a battle behind the Czech Republic's net. He dished it to Bodenmann who was set up perfectly to beat Pavelec.

--After scoring a goal in his previous game, Martin Erat was held off the scoresheet against Switzerland. He saw only 9:34 of ice time and failed to record a shot on goal. Only one Czech player, Ales Hemsky, skated less in the loss.

Stats:

Points - 0
Shots on goal - 0
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - 0
Ice time - 9:34
Shifts - 13
Average shift - 0:44

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