Sunday, 1 April 2012

Furch makes Extraliga history

Not many people will have been watching the game, but Slavia Praha netminder Dominík Furch made history on Sunday evening, as he became the first netminder in Extraliga history to score a goal. Furch was adjudged to have been the last Slavia player to touch the puck before Richard Jareš fired the puck down the ice and into the empty net whilst Litvinov had a delayed powerplay.

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Furch's goal was the only goal that Slavia scored in front of their home fans at Eden, as they were outclassed by a Litvinov side desperate to avoid finishing bottom of the table after a rotten run of form. However, Furch will surely get some sort of happiness from getting a little known Extraliga record.

It's another chapter in the already long career of Dominik Furch. He's only 21 years old but it's almost like he's been around forever, after making his Slavia Praha debut at the tender age of 16 in the 2006-07 season. After representing the Czech Republic at all junior levels, Furch has failed to kick on like a number of other young Czech netminders have, and his progress has somewhat stalled. Performances such as his 38 shot shutout against Sparta Praha back in October have been few and far between, and if it were not for the dip in form of Miroslav Kopřiva, Furch would have been spending a lot more time in the 1.liga with Beroun. However, Furch seems to be getting his act together in the relegation playoffs, and as Slavia have started to move themselves away from the precipice, Furch has been on the top of his game.

There is no denying that Furch still has plenty of time to develop. However, ever since the young netminder made his debut five years ago, there appears to have been little progression in his game. It's now or never for Furch, as he will either go on to shine professionally, or fade into obscurity as many other young prospects have done. He needs to be starting, but whether or not Slavia will put their faith in Furch at the start of next season remains to be seen.

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