GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) The Czech Republic rallied twice to hand the Canadian men's hockey team its first Olympic loss in eight years Saturday, riding goaltender Pavel Francouz to a 3-2 win in a shootout.Canada had won 11 consecutive games at the Olympics - the first 10 with NHL players - dating to a loss to the United States in pool play in Vancouver in 2010. We just move ahead to the next one.''Mason Raymond and Rene Bourque scored first-period goals for Canada, but Dominik Kubalik and Michal Jordan answered for the Czechs, who used a successful forecheck.Canada opened these games with a comfortable 5-1 win over the Swiss that confirmed its status as one of the favorites in the tournament. The Czechs tied it up 35 seconds into the second period: Ben Scrivens, who had mishandled the puck seconds earlier, stopped a Michal Birner shot but Jordan banged in the rebound.''We had one (goal against) with a couple chances to clear it and a sharp-angle shot that I probably want to have (back),'' said Scrivens.
Before that, Niskanen played for the Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl boy's hockey team and helped bring the Blue Devils to their first state high school tournament appearance.
Canada came into the game 13-13-1 against the Czech Republic in Olympic and world championship play but had won the last five meetings and eight of the last 10.
The three group winners and the best second-ranked teams advance directly to the quarterfinals.
The remaining eight play, with the four winners advancing to the quarters.
Maxim Noreau (56), of Canada, battles for the puck against Dominik Kubalik (18), of the Czech Republic, during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday,...
Petr Koukal and Jan Kouvar scored for the Czechs.''A penalty shot is 50-50,'' said Czech forward Roman Cervenka.