OLYMPIC HOCKEY RECAP - DAY FOUR: PROSPAL SCORES HAT TRICK IN CZECH WIN
Vaclav Prospal scored three goals, his first tallies of the Olympics, as Czech Republic recorded a, 4-1, victory over Italy on Sunday. In other action Canada failed to score a goal for the second consecutive game in a, 2-0, loss to Finland who remained undefeated with four wins. The United States fell to Fredrik Modin and Sweden, 2-1.
Playing in his first Olympics, Prospal had a team-high seven shots on goal and finished the game with a plus-3 rating along with his three goals. Pavel Kubina had one shot on goal and a plus-2 rating. With the win Czech Republic improved two 2-2.
In the final game of the day Canada lost for the second consecutive game to drop their record to 2-2. Martin St. Louis had two shots on goal while Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each got one puck on Finnish netminder Antero Nittymaki. Finland has allowed just two goals in four games during the tournament.
Sweden improved to 3-1 and tied for second in Pool B with Russia after a, 2-1, win over the United States. Modin was held pointless and John Grahame was not dressed for the game.
Men's Ice Hockey continues Tuesday with the final games of group play. Canada will take on the Czech Republic, Sweden skates against undefeated Slovakia and the United States faces off against Russia.