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Another Big World Championships day to come tomorrow, 4 different tournaments will have their daymatch.

 

 

Mens

 

Under 20 Division II Group B World Championships in Logroňo (ESP)

Day 4 Schedule (11th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

13:00  Australia vs Serbia

16:30  Mexico vs South Korea

20:00  Belgium vs Spain

 

Livestreams

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Top Division World Championships in Czech Republic

Day 4 Schedule  (11th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

Quarterfinal in Zlín

20:15  4A-1B Sweden vs Finland

 

Quarterfinal in Přerov

16:15  3A-2B Russia vs Czech Republic

 

Relegation Round in Přerov

Match 1

20:15  3B-4B Switzerland vs Japan

 

Livestreams

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group A World Championships in Budapest (HUN)

Day 3 Schedule (11th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

12:00  Germany vs Slovakia

15:30  Austria vs Norway

19:00  France vs Hungary

 

Livestreams

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group B World Championships in Katowice (POL)

Day 3 Schedule (11th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

13:00  Denmark vs China

16:30  Italy vs Kazakhstan

20:00  Poland vs Great Britain

 

Livestreams

 

 

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no ofc no....as each year..the same....

our girls will never qualify for the top division, never, each year the same, one extremely unlucky game will destroy everything....so unfair, we will probably stay in this division for eternity :(

 

congrats Germany. can´t say that it was deserved but certainly it was very well played tactically and very well defended win,

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Mens

 

Under 20 Division II Group B World Championships in Logroňo (ESP)

Day 4 (11th January 2017)

 

13:00  Australia vs Serbia   0-6

16:30  Mexico vs South Korea   0-12

20:00  Belgium vs Spain   3-6

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Top Division World Championships in Czech Republic

Day 4  (11th January 2017)

 

Quarterfinal in Zlín

20:15  4A-1B Sweden vs Finland  2-1

 

Quarterfinal in Přerov

16:15  3A-2B Russia vs Czech Republic   2-0

 

Relegation Round in Přerov

Match 1

20:15  3B-4B Switzerland vs Japan   5-2

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group A World Championships in Budapest (HUN)

Day 3 (11th January 2017)

 

12:00  Germany vs Slovakia   2-0

15:30  Austria vs Norway   3-2

19:00  France vs Hungary   1-3

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group B World Championships in Katowice (POL)

Day 3 (11th January 2017)

 

13:00  Denmark vs China   1-0

16:30  Italy vs Kazakhstan   5-0

20:00  Poland vs Great Britain   2-1

 

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Tomorrow is last rest day before the final games at mens U20 div II B and womens U18 top division competitions, but the program will continue for the womens U18 divisions I A and I B with their 4th respective day schedules.

 

 

Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group A World Championships in Budapest (HUN)

Day 4 Schedule (12th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

12:00  Germany vs Austria

15:30  Slovakia vs France

19:00  Norway vs Hungary

 

Livestreams

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group B World Championships in Katowice (POL)

Day 4 Schedule (12th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

13:00  Kazakhstan vs Denmark

16:30  Great Britain vs China

20:00  Italy vs Poland

 

Livestreams

 

 

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WOMEN'S UNDER 18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

2017

 

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Quarterfinals

Russia - Czech Republic  2-0

 

Russia wins physical contest

Merkusheva shutout backstops Russians to semis

Russia wins physical contest

 

A pair of second-period goals and a 33-save shutout by Valeria Merkusheva paced Team Russia to a 2-0 quarter-final victory over the Czech Republic.

 

Speaking about her shutout, Merkusheva said: “I was thinking about it right from the start of the game. The most difficult part was the last five minutes when they had the power play and the fans were throwing things onto the ice. That was unusual and made it difficult to concentrate, but I managed.”

 

Indeed, it was a wild game with more game misconducts than goals between two traditional hockey powers who added another emotional chapter to their long-standing rivalry.

 

The Czechs gave it a great effort in front of another supportive home crowd. They were all over the Russians in the first period but couldn't get that key opening goal. Two Russian goals in the second period put them in a deep hole, and then tempers boiled over in the third.

 

“We knew that Russia had a tough game yesterday,” said Czech coach Jan Fidrmuc. “We wanted to get ahead of them in the first period, and we had the pressure, we outshot them, but unfortunately we weren’t able to score.”

 

The Czechs out-shot the Russians 14-7 in the opening 20 minutes and had the best chances to score. They almost opened the scoring in the dying seconds of the period on the power play, but Merkusheva was able to keep the puck out amid a wild goalmouth scramble.

 

“That was also a key moment, but I was comfortable,” the Russian goalie commented. “It was still 0-0 but I was confident that my team would score.”

 

The Russians started to come on in the second period and, just after killing off a penalty midway through, they pinned the Czechs in their own zone. After defensive coverage broke down, Oxana Bratisheva skated unobstructed to the front of the net and took a pass, which Kristyna Blahova was unable to save despite desperately diving across.

 

As the middle frame wore on, the play became increasingly physical, as the two teams stretched the legal limits of body-checking in the women's game, which foreshadowed what was to come. Swedish Referee Katarina Timglas let a lot of it go, which provided the fans with some entertaining moments, but eventually penalties had to be called.

 

The Czechs had an opportunity to tie the game with a lengthy 4-on-3 power play but were unable to convert. A couple of quick Czech penalties later, it was the Russians up 5-on-3 late in the period and they made no mistake. They worked the puck around quickly to break down the triangle and Yelena Provorova received it at the top of the slot and quickly snapped it over Blahova's right shoulder to make it 2-0 with just 50 seconds left in the period.

 

“In the second period we had a 10-minute stretch where we didn’t play well, and it cost us the game,” Fidrmuc figured. “We didn’t do anything on our power play, then we gave up a goal right away on theirs. That second goal at the end of the period was a real killer.”

With a two-goal lead, the Russians were in the driver's seat to start the third period and played defensively, not allowing the increasingly desperate Czechs from generating anything. But that would change.

 

As the time on the clock wound down, frustration set in and bodies flew. After a violent collision near the Russian blueline with four minutes to play, Czech captain Klara Hymlarova had to be helped off the ice and Bratisheva – Russia's first goal scorer – was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for throwing the greatest on-ice head-butt by a Russian teenager since Vladimir Konstantinov. Then in the last two minutes, a multi-player altercation broke out, leading to the expulsions of Eliska Vozdecka of the Czech Republic and captain Nina Perogova of Russia for fighting.

 

Despite some great chances, however, the shutout remained and the extracurricular activities had no effect on the outcome.

 

After a day off, both teams are back in action on Friday. The Czechs will play the loser of Sweden-Finland for fifth place, while the Russians are off to the semi-finals against the United States.

 

Looking ahead, Merkusheva said: “I expect a very high-level game, and I think we will show our character and show that we can play against the Americans.”

 

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2017

 

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Quarterfinals

Sweden - Finland  2-1

 

Olsson leads Swedes to semis

Captain scores, assists in 2-1 win over Finland

Olsson leads Swedes to semis

 

Hanna Olsson scored in the first, assisted on a goal in the second, and was a dominant presence all night. Finland rallied in the third but fell short.

 

The result was a 2-1 win from Damkronor and a re-match with Canada in the semi-finals on Friday in Zlin.

 

The United States travels to Prerov to play Russia, while today’s losers, Finland and Czech Republic, also play Friday to decide 5th place.

 

Anna Amholt was solid when need be in goal for the Swedes, stopping 15 of 16 shots, but Jenna Silvonen was far busier, facing 36 Swedish shots. Tonight’s game, however, hinged on Olsson’s play as her team scored two goals for the first time in this tournament. 

 

The Swedes opened the scoring on a power play at 13:39. After moving the puck around nicely, it fell on the stick of captain Hanna Olsson.

 

She waited patiently for traffic in front and then snapped a high shot through a screen. Goalie Jenna Silvonen didn’t have a chance. 

 

Finland had two power-play chances of its own later but couldn’t generate any decent scoring chances as the Swedish defence collapsed nicely around Amholt and pressured the puck carrier effectively.

 

The best chance for Finland that period came accidentally, when a drifting shot by Jenniina Nylund floated off the top of the net.

 

Finland had a great chance to tie the game early in the second, but Kiti Seikkula's close-in shot was blocked by Amholt. Sweden then had a two-man advantage for 61 seconds but failed to increase its lead. No matter, though, as Olsson helped drive a play that led to the second goal at 10:53.

 

Her shot was blocked in front by bodies from both sides, but the loose puck came to Matilda Af Bjur, and she smacked it in. That proved to the be backbreaker for Finland. 

 

The Finns got the only goal of the third, on a power play, when Krista Parkkonen smacked a rebound through Amholt's pads, but Sweden weathered the storm and played solidly the rest of the way.

 

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Relegation Round 1

Switzerland - Japan  5-2

 

Ruedi scores 3 vs Japan

Swiss win Game 1 of relegation series 5-2

Ruedi scores 3 vs Japan

 

Lisa Ruedi and Noemi Ryhner led Switzerland offensively with three goals and two assists, respectively, and goalie Saskia Maurer was great again in a 5-2 win.

 

Yesterday these teams tested each other out in a full dress rehearsal, with Switzerland winning a tight 2-1 game. This time they had a little more breathing room on the scoreboard, but it still wasn't easy.

 

The teams traded goals in an evenly played first period, on two nice shots. At the 11-minute mark, Ruedi scored her first goal streaking down the left wing and firing a shot over Ayu Tonosaki's glove. Just over three minutes later, the Japanese evened the score when Remi Koyama picked the top corner on Maurer.

 

Otherwise Maurer was great in the game, though. The Swiss goalie has played in all four of the team's games so far and has been a standout in all of them.

 

In the second period, Japan out-shot Switzerland 12-6, but the Swiss scored the only two goals. In fact, Ruedi scored the only two goals 1:35 apart, completing her hat-trick.

 

Shannon Sigrist and Sydney Berta added goals in the third period to give Switzerland a commanding 5-1 lead, before Miyuri Ogawa got one late one back for Japan to make the final score a bit more respectable.

 

After a day off, the teams will be back at it again on Friday. Japan must win to avoid relegation, whereas Switzerland will look to secure its place in the top division next year.

 

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Girl´s brawl or original fight club at womens U18 world championships !!!

 

during yesterdays quarterfinal between Czech Republic and Russia 1 and half minute before the end of the match started a rell punch-up, some rivalries will never die :lol:Must see :d

 

The fight is at 2:12:35

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Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group A World Championships in Budapest (HUN)

Day 4 (12th January 2017)

 

12:00  Germany vs Austria  7-0

15:30  Slovakia vs France  6-1

19:00  Norway vs Hungary  5-3

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Division I Group B World Championships in Katowice (POL)

Day 4 (12th January 2017)

 

13:00  Kazakhstan vs Denmark  1-6

16:30  Great Britain vs China  2-1 after OT

20:00  Italy vs Poland  1-0

 

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Tomorrow the Friday 13th, is scheduled the last day of the Men´s Under 20 Division II Group B World Championships, also the womens U18 top division will continue with both semifinals and second relegation game.

 

 

 

Mens

 

Under 20 Division II Group B World Championships in Logroňo (ESP)

Day 5 Schedule (13th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

Final Day

 

13:00  Serbia vs Mexico

*Mexico playing for the maintain in this division, if they will win this match (doesn´t matter if in regular time or after OT/GWS) Mexico for sure will be saved also for next years edition, in case of lose they will hope for a Belgiums win in the next match against Australia.

16:30  Belgium vs Australia

*Can be a direct match for the relegation, if Mexico will surprise Serbia and win in the previous match. Belgium then will just need a single point from this match to have the maintain certitude, Australia must win in regulation time.

If Mexico will lose to Serbia, then Australia will just need a OT/GWS win to survive in this division otherwise they will be relegated.

20:00  South Korea vs Spain

*Direct Match for the promotion between both undefeated teams, the winner of the game will qualify for the Under 20 division II group A WCh 2018

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Top Division World Championships in Czech Republic

Day 5 Schedule  (13th January 2017)

GMT +1

 

Semifinal in Zlín

16:00  1A-QF2  Canada vs Sweden

 

Semifinal in Přerov

16:00  2A-QF1  USA vs Russia

 

Relegation Round in Přerov

Match 2

12:00  4B-3B Japan vs Switzerland

*Switzerland leading the best of 3 serie 1-0, if Switzerland will win this match the relegation round will be over and Japan will be relegated to the U18 womens division I A 2018, If Japan will win this game and tie the serie, the 3rd decisive match will be necessary on Saturday.

 

5th Place Match in Přerov

20:00  Finland vs Czech Republic

 

Livestreams

 

 

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New website http://2018.iihfworlds.com/ and logo for next years World championships in Denmark launched  :thumbup:

 

Frontpage - 2018 WM - Denmark

 

you can already find some infos about the arenas in Copenhagen and Herning and playing format, but also much more to come as info about tickets, the sale is expected to start this May.

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Mens

 

Under 20 Division II Group B World Championships in Logroňo (ESP)

Day 5 (13th January 2017)

 

Final Day

 

13:00  Serbia vs Mexico  7-4

16:30  Belgium vs Australia  5-1

20:00  South Korea vs Spain  5-3

 

 

Final Standing

 

South Korea :champion::KOR  won the Men´s Under 20 Division II Group B World Championships 2017 with 14 points and is qualified back to the Under 20 Division II Group A next year, so after only 1 year spend in lower division the South Koreans juniors returns back to div. II A. where they will replace Croatia relegated from this years U20 div. II A in Estonia.

 

Silver medals for the host Spain with 12 points, Spain lost only 1 match in this tournament, unfortunately for them the most important tonight with S. Korea.

 

Bronze Medals go to Serbia, thanks their 3rd place in the tournament with 10 points, Serbia after first 2 lost with S. Korea in the penalty shootout and host Spain, managed to win in regular time all 3 remaining matches.

 

Belgium finished the tournament in 4th place with 6 points thanks 2 wins against Australia and Mexico.

 

Mexico finished 5th wiith 2 points and managed to maintain themselves in this division, the crucial was the match against Australia, which Mexico won 6-5 after overtime, the 2 points from this game was finally enough for the maintain.

 

6th and last place is for Australia with only 1 point after a overtime lose with mexico. Australia will be relegated into lower Under 20 Division III World Championships 2018. They will be replaced by the winner of the U20 Div. III WCh which will be held next week in New Zealand.

 

 

 

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Womens

 

Under 18 Top Division World Championships in Czech Republic

Day 5  (13th January 2017)

 

Semifinal in Zlín

16:00  1A-QF2  Canada vs Sweden   6-2

 

Semifinal in Přerov

16:00  2A-QF1  USA vs Russia  6-0

 

Relegation Round in Přerov

Match 2

12:00  4B-3B Japan vs Switzerland  1-2 after GWS

*Switzerland won the relegation round 2-0 and stay in top division also for next year, Japan is relegated into womens Under 18 Division I Group A 2018 World Championships. and will be replaced in top division by the winner of div. I A played simoultanously this week in Hungary.

 

5th Place Match in Přerov

20:00  Finland vs Czech Republic   2-0

 

 

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Semifinals

Canada - Sweden   6-2

 

Canada going for gold

Flu-ridden Swedes put up brave fight in 6-2 loss

Canada going for gold

 

Canada beat Sweden, 6-2, in Zlin at the same time the United States beat Russia, 6-0, in Prerov. Sarah Fillier and Sophie Shirley had two goals each for Canada.

 

The results set up familiar medal matchups tomorrow as the North Americans will play in their tenth straight gold-medal game, in Zlin, while Sweden and Russia will fight for bronze, in Prerov.

 

The Americans won last year, 3-2 in overtime, in St. Catharines, Ontario, while Sweden beat Russia, 2-1, for bronze last year.

 

"We're pleased with the end result," said Canada's coach Troy Ryan, "but not necessarily the process to getting there. We've played better, and I know we can play better tomorrow. We came out a little flat. We took some penalties we shouldn't have. But we came here to play for a gold medal, and now we have that opportunity."

 

But for Sweden the story today was one of terrible luck. Four players had to be scratched from the game because of the flu. Absent were Celine Tedenby, Ethel Wilhelmsson, Wilma Germundsson Wang, and Elin Olovsson. Add to that the injured Ida Press was unavilable, and eight minutes into the game Fia Larsson had to be taken to hospital after a heavy hit left her with a possible concussion.

 

That left coach Ylva Lindberg with exactly nine forwards and six defencemen to play aginst an opponent it had never beaten.

 

"They're at the hotel, sick," Lindberg said of her short bench. "We'll see tomorrow how many players we'll have for the bronze game. It's tough. We knew we'd need our best skating effort to win today, but we can only ask so much from the players who were able to play."

 

"We were a little slow to start, but we picked it up, and that's the most important thing," said Shirley, one of the best skaters you'll ever see at the U18 level.

 

The first period saw an exchange of power plays that favoured Sweden in number and Canada in execution. After killing off an early disadvantage, Canada connected with its own five-on-four. Brooke Hobson’s wrist shot from the high slot found the top corner over Sofia Reideborn’s shoulder.

 

Sweden, however, failed to convert on a major penalty to Amy Potomak. She hit Fia Larsson hard into the boards in the Sweden end and was handed a charging major and game misconduct. 

 

Canada’s penalty killers, however, did a masterful job pressuring the Swedes and didn’t give up much in the way of a good scoring chance.

Canada took control early in the second. Fillier came down the left wing and fired a quick shot to the short side that fooled Reideborn at 6:13. Just two and a half minutes later, Shirley scored to make it 3-0, and the undermanned Swedes looked as though they were out of it.

 

"I didn't see the puck, but it went off my skate," Shirley said. "It's a pretty lucky one, but nice to get. It was my first one."

 

Not so fast. Sweden got on the board at 9:59 on a bit of a lucky play of its own. A shot came out the back side of goalie Edith D’Astous-Moreau and the skittered through the crease. Defenceman Shelby Wood tried to clear it but ended up knocking it into her own goal. Josefin Bouveng got credit.

 

Late in the period the Swedes made things interesting, scoring on the power play. Paula Bergstrom’s point shot found its way through traffic, deflecting and spinning until it finally dribbled in. All of a sudden it was a 3-2 game.

 

"I'm very proud of the team," Lindberg said. "For two periods at least we were in the game and gave ourselves a chance. But we need to do more to beat Canada."

 

Indeed, Canada got the backbreaker six minutes into the third when Shirley got her second of the night, this time knocking in a rebound on a power play. Canada added two empty-netters late in to make the score look a little worse for Sweden than it was.

And now, Canada and the U.S. fight for gold...again.

 

"It's a great rivalry, for sure," Shirley said. "We know we're going to have to take our game up another level from the last time we played [a 1-0 overtime win]."

 

"It feels good to be playing for a medal tomorrow," Lindberg finished. "We can be happy with our accomplishments so far."

 

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Semifinals

USA - Russia   6-0

 

USA out-classes Russia 6-0

Zumwinkle hat-trick returns USA to final

USA out-classes Russia 6-0

 

Grace Zumwinkle's first three goals of the tournament paced the USA to a 6-0 semi-final shutout win over Russia and a 10th straight berth in the final.

 

In addition to Zumwinkle's hat-trick, Taylor Wente, Clair DeGeorge and captain Cayla Barnes also had multi-point games, while Lindsey Reed had a relatively easy six-save shutout.

 

“I thought it was our best game of the tournament, “U.S. coach Joel Johnson assessed. “Everything from our defensive play to getting a variety of players involved in the offence was good. It was a really well-balanced game from us and I'm proud of our kids.”

 

“Of course we were hoping to play better hockey and have a better result, but unfortunately we played a really bad game offensively,”

 

Russian coach Yevgeni Bobariko. Regarding the absence of suspended players Oxana Bratisheva and captain Nina Pirogova, he said, “Of course it hurt us, but not so much. Overall we just didn't play well, which is disappointing.”

 

Five of the shots Reed faced were in the first period, when the Russians came out with some jump. However, the two goals from Zumwinkle put the Americans in front, and they never looked back.

 

“It hasn't really hit me yet, but honestly, my linemates made some awesome plays and contributed to my and the team's success,”

 

Zumwinkle began. “We found each other throughout the game. We've had a few line changes, but I think that's helped us as a team find some more combinations that can score. So I think going into tomorrow it should help us.”

 

In the second period it was all USA, out-shooting Russia 20-0. The Russians weren't even able to get a shot during a 40-second 5-on-3 advantage. After the Americans got two more goals early in the second period by Wente and Catherine Skaja, Russian starting goalie Valeria Merkusheva – who was brilliant in a quarter-final shutout of the Czech Republic – was mercifully pulled after allowing four goals on 17 shots, replaced by Diana Farkhutdinova.

 

“Those couple of goals right at the start of the second period really helped us out the rest of the game,” said Skaja. About the team's offensive outburst after getting shut out the last time out, she said: “That was something we really wanted to work on – getting shots to the net and getting to rebounds.”

 

After the goaltending change, the Americans added two power-play goals late in the middle frame to make it 6-0. Zumwinkle completed her hat-trick, and Natalie Heising scored the sixth goal for the Americans, who seemed to be toying with the Russians at this point. Both goals were set up by Barnes, who is now tied for the tournament scoring lead with six points.

 

The third period was just about preserving the shutout, which the Americans did easily, allowing only one Russian shot on goal. They now meet Canada in the final of the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's Championship for the 10th straight year.

 

“We certainly have a goal to win the gold medal – that's what we've set out to accomplish,” said Johnson, looking ahead. “But I'm proud of our players, whatever happens. It's two good teams and it's going to be lots of fun.”

 

As for the Russians, they will meet Sweden in a battle for the bronze.

 

“That's the next task we have in front of us,” said Bobariko. “Of course we're hoping for the best, but it's impossible to say what will happen.”

 

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5th Place Match

Finland - Czech Republic   2-0

 

Finns win defensive battle

Silvonen shuts out Czechs to finish 5th

Finns win defensive battle

 

Finland avenged their group stage defeat to the Czechs with a 2-0 victory in the game for fifth place. Jenna Silvonen made 25 saves for the shutout.

 

The biggest test to Silvonen's shutout came with 3:38 remaining in the third period, when Noemi Neubanuerova was hauled down on a shorthanded breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. The Czech forward tried to make a move, but Silvonen stayed with her and kept it out.

 

“She went to the left and then tried to shoot up,” Silvonen recalled, before confidently stating that she wasn't worried. “I knew I could handle it.”

 

It was Silvonen's second shutout of the tournament, and she only allowed three goals in the four games she played.

 

At the other end, Denisa Jandova's shutout lasted only 25 seconds – that's when defenceman Camille Kahra's long-range slapper along the ice found its way through traffic and into the net. Otherwise the Czech goalie played quite well. 

 

In the second period Jandova had to be sharp as she stopped a couple shorthanded breakaways. The Finns got their second goal just past the midpoint of the period, when Linnea Melotinos managed to get in behind the Czech defence and take a pass. With Jandova at her mercy, Melotinos pulled the puck to her backhand and put it in the net.

 

Overall, Jandova stopped 19 of 21 shots in her only appearance of the tournament. 

 

Otherwise, there weren't many offensive moments between two evenly matched teams. The fact that it was an evenly played game is hardly a surprise, after the meeting between the two teams during the group stage was won in overtime by the Czechs. After each lost their quarter-final games on Wednesday, they were matched up again in this game for fifth and sixth places, and the Finns got their revenge.

 

“Yeah, it's nice to beat them. We thought we should have won the last time, so it wouldn't have been nice to lose again,” said Silvonen, who didn't play in the first meeting.

 

As for finishing 5th, the Finnish goalie reasoned: “Of course, when we started we wanted to win a medal, but finishing the tournament with a win leaves us with a good feeling.”

 

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