Rockets striker Szturc scores Czech Republic opener winner

August 9, 2022 – Western Hockey League (WHL) – Kelowna Rockets press release

Striker Gabriel Szturc with the Czech Republic
Striker Gabriel Szturc with the Czech Republic
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: André Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Kelowna Rockets forward Gabriel Szturc powered the Czech Republic to a 5-4 win over Slovakia on Tuesday at the 2022 World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alta.

It was a wild game that saw Czechia trailing 2-0 before the ten-minute mark in the first frame before responding with four unanswered goals. Trailing 4-2 late in the third, Slovakia rallied with two power play goals to tie the game late.


As time ticked into regulation, Szturc rammed down the right wing and rounded a defender, beating goalkeeper Simon Latkoczy with a shot high over his glove to score the winner with 1:50 left in the game. stopwatch.

Szturc finished the game with one goal, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and a +1 differential.

Fellow CHL players Jan Mysak (Hamilton), Michal Gut (Everett), Martin Rysavy (Moose Jaw), Matyas Sapovaliv (Saginaw) also scored for Czechia.

Szturc and Czechia will face Finland on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PT, you can watch the game on TSN.

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