“In a clash of two title favorites, some might have considered this game to be an early final. Team USA went into this game with a record that was far from impressive, doing well in all important games, but winning them narrowly by a goal or two and losing a group game against France. On the other hand, Czech Republic enjoyed a successful campaign that saw them beat Italy, Spain, Canada and their quarterfinal opponent Mexico in a record 13-1 victory.
However, all was unimportant when both teams lined up on the rink of Beroun stadium for a clash that was played in searing heat of more than 30 degrees Celsius. And it was Team USA, who started to assert their authority almost immediately when Messina finished a quick break to take an early lead. Czechs fought back two minutes later when Rachunek proved great anticipation to rebound his own shot deflected off the back boards. This was the last time Czech Republic was even in score. Shortly after, two players were sent to a penalty box at the same time and USA made the most of it, Messina and Fudge taking the score to 3-1.
Shock start for the home crowd was about to continue thanks to Laricchia and Fudge´s second goal. Vozdecky managed to pull one back late in the first half, but the score 2-5 was fully deserved and brought despair onto the sticks of Czech players. Balazs´s shot over the crossbar of open net early in the second half was the last real chance for Czech Republic to get back into the game. With home team taking more risks, Americans used their opportunities to make the margin in score even bigger. Fudge completed his hat-trick, Sgrillo and Cadiz added another goals and Sinagl´s correction was only a small joy for a Czech team. By that time, the winner of this game was decided long ago.”
USA against Swiss Saturday, July 17, 2010 in the GOLD Medal game. You can keep up with the action online at http://beroun2010.com/index_eng.asp