Slovakia Hockey Team Wins First Olympic Medal

Slovakia has the second medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and its first Olympic medal in ice hockey.

The national men’s ice hockey team won bronze after defeating Sweden 4:0. The biggest Olympic success of the Slovak ice hockey team until now was fourth place in Vancouver in 2010.

Juraj Slafkovsky, a top-10 projected prospect for the 2022 NHL draft, scored at 23:17 to break a deadlock. It was his sixth goal of the tournament, good for first in the tournament ahead of Sweden’s Lucas Wallmark.

Nine minutes later, veteran Samuel Takac scored on the veteran to double the advantage, forcing Sweden to play catch-up the rest of the way.

Unfortunately for Tre Kronor, the third period was dominated by Slovakia, highlighted by another goal for Slafkovsky for the 3-0 goal and one from Pavol Regenda to make it 4-0.

Slovakia’s final medal count from the Beijing Olympics is thus one gold medal won by skier Petra Vlhová and the bronze medal won by the ice-hockey team.


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