Here is a report from the game against the Czechs...
Alexei Emelin (Mtl), D
An average-sized, but physical defenseman .. skates well .. doesn't hesitate to skate through traffic .. did miss on a couple of checking attempts along the boards .. for the most part played reliably, but did not really stand out in this game.
No man is an army, especially not when it comes to a team sport such as hockey. However, every once in a while one player can single-handedly mean the difference between winning and losing. This past Wednesday at the 2005 WJC in Grand Forks, North Dakota was one of those precious moments, as winger Andrei Kostitsyn--drafted 10th overall by Montreal in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft--put on a clinic of dominant proportions as Belarus has once again stunned the hockey world by knocking off Team USA, 5-3, in round-robin action. Surprise starter Stepan Goryachevskikh made 39 saves to preserve the historic upset for Belarus. Almost three years ago, the Belarusians shocked the Swedes 4-3 in the quarter-final round at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City (helped in part by a 70-foot shot that infamously got past Sweden‚s Tommy Salo). At the 2005 WJC, Belarus struck again.