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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Czech Hockey Ahead

The Czech Republic emerged as a major contender for ice hockey gold at the Lillehammer Olympics this month after crushing all its opponents to win a pre-Olympic four-nation tournament.

The Czechs beat Canada 5-1 Sunday in their final game following a shock 5-0 win over Russia and a solid 2-1 victory against Sweden. Although they beat the Swedes by a narrow margin, the Czechs were in control of the game with their superior tactics.

The Czechs gave their rivals reason to rethink their strategies before the Games, which begin Saturday. The Russians finished last in the goal difference tournament after they tied with Canada and Sweden on two points apiece.