Sparta Praha 4 - 0 Pardubice
|Sparta now sit seven points clear of the pack|
Photo: Jan Benes
Mountfield 3 - 2 Slavia Praha (Shootout)
|Vondrka going close for Slavia|
Photo: František Panec
Vitkovice 5 - 3 Liberec
Vitkovice boosted their top six aspirations with an entertaining home victory against Liberec. The Ostrava side scored twice in the second and a further three times in the final frame to take the game away from the white tigers. Jiří Burger and Ondřej Šedivý both bagged a brace in the victory which sees Vitkovice hold onto sixth spot in the table, whilst Liberec's top six position now looks vulnerable, with only a point separating them from Vitkovice in sixth and Zlin in seventh. Jaroslav Kudrna had two assists for Liberec, but even majestic captain Petr Nedvěd couldn't carry his team to victory, although he did bag a third period consolation goal.
Zlin 5 - 1 Třinec
In Thursday's solitary game, Zlin put in a complete performance to outclass the Steelers from Třinec. Petr Leška scored two goals within the space of twenty seconds at the end of the first period to send Zlin in with a 3-1 lead at the first break, adding to Czech U-20 star Petr Holík's opener eleven minutes in. Luboš Horčička put in an accomplished performance in goal, making 32 saves to make his case to be the starting goalie in Zlin's playoff push, whilst 19 year old Petr Zamorsky bagged three assists for the home side. It was an all round bad day at the office for Třinec, who fall to ninth place, reeling from the loss of Ladislav Kohn, who left the side to join Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss Nationalliga A.
Kometa Brno 4 - 1 Litvinov
In a bottom of the table encounter, Kometa gave themselves breathing room over the relegation pack with a solid 4-1 victory over 11th placed Litvinov. In what was an all round bad performance for the Verva boys, Kometa took advantage and scored practically all their goals on odd man rushes, with Roman Erat, Miroslav Holec and Robert Petrovicky all grabbing a goal and an assist from Friday night's game. Kometa outshot Litvinov 42 to 30, and Petr Franěk put in a commendable performance in the Litvinov cage, only allowing three shots past him, but he was let down by his teams defence, who quit on a number of plays, and left him hanging to dry. Karel Kubát scored Litvinov's solitary goal in the third period.
Karlovy Vary 1 - 2 Kladno (Shootout)
In another game with connotations concerning the relegation pack, Kladno scraped a victory on the road against stragglers Karlovy Vary. With the victory Kladno leapfrog over Třinec into eighth place, as the knights hope to rekindle their promising early year form. In what was for all intents and purposes a poor game of hockey, Kladno started off the better side, and took the lead three minutes into the game as Slovakian forward Jiří Bicek finished off a nice move by his line, with Patera and Kalla getting the assists. Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the first and the second, and Karlovy Vary started to get into the game and they finally equalised with 35 minutes on the clock, as Petr Kumstát pounced on a great stretch pass from Lukáš Pech, and fired home on the breakaway. There would be no more scoring, so a shootout beckoned, and Michal Dragoun scored the clinching goal, firing a nice backhand move past Dušan Salficky.