US and Czechs make ice hockey progress

The United States have advanced to the second round of the ice hockey world championship by beating Austria 6-1, getting goals from six different players.

This content was published on April 27, 2009 minutes

Forwards Dustin Brown, Drew Stafford, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jason Blake and Lee Stempniak, and defenseman Matt Niskanen all scored for the US in Bern.

Goalie Robert Esche was stranded out of goal when Austria scored at 14:26. He misplaced a pass and Markus Peintner scored from beyond the left circle.

Also on Monday, the Czech Republic advanced by beating Norway 5-2 in Zurich. Jan Marek, Petr Cajanek and Josef Vasicek scored in the first 13 minutes to give the Czechs a commanding 3-0 lead.

Norway replaced goaltender Pal Grotnes with Andre Lysenstoen to start the second period and closed the gap to 4-2 with goals from Tommy Jakobsen and Mats Zuccarello Assen. Miroslav Blatak scored in between for the Czechs.

Jakub Klepis scored in the third period to restore the Czechs' three-goal advantage.

Later on Monday Sweden were to face Latvia in Bern and Finland were to play Denmark in Zurich.

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