Hosts impress in debut as Czech Republic edges South Korea

The Czech Republic may have triumphed against South Korea 2-1 to open its Olympic campaign, but at the end of 60 minutes, it was clear that the hostsNo. 21 in the world compared to the Czechs No. 6 rankingvery much belong in this years Olympic field. South Korea took the ice in a raucous Gangneung Hockey Centre and showed no fear taking on its heavily favored opponents. The Koreans established an aggressive forecheck and played physically from the start, and it paid dividends early.

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