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Ice Hockey 2015 - 2016 Discussion Thread

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hckosice    996
1 hour ago, intoronto said:

 

 

Wow!

 

yes. wow. and when we imagine that only few years ago we played the olympics...:( the situation in our womens hockey is just a disaster and trust me as I see how the things works here the future looks even worse

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hckosice    996
Taipei women defend title

Home team wins Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia

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The participating teams pose for a joint photo after the closing ceremony of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia Division I

 

Host and defending champion Chinese Taipei won the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia Division I on home ice at the Taipei Arena Ice Land in Taipei City.

For the ladies from the island of Taiwan no hurdle was too big in the five-team round-robin event as the result in the final game between the two undefeated teams showed. Chinese Taipei beat Thailand 8-1 in front of 793 spectators in what became the tightest result for the home team.

Previously Chinese Taipei had already beaten Malaysia, India and Singapore, as did Thailand in its first three games.

Hui-Chen Yeh was the dominating player for her team as she led all players in scoring with 14 goals and 8 assists for 22 points earning her the Best Forward award. She and her linemate Ting-Yu Hsu each scored a hat trick in the final 8-1 win over Thailand.

Yeh scored the important first two markers in the game against Thailand while Nuchanat Ponglerkdee tied the game at one at 4:59. Following that marker Chinese Taipei reacted with seven unanswered markers.

Thailand’s Ponglerkdee was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. She followed second in point scoring and was the best goal scorer with 15 goals and 3 assists for 18 points. Her teammate Sirikarn Jittresin was named Best Defenceman while India’s Noor Jahan won the award for the Best Goaltender.

Singapore, which already participated in 2004 but missed out on last year’s event, earned a third-place finish after starting the event with an 8-1 victory against India while finishing it by defeating Malaysia 4-1.

India and Malaysia were the newest countries to form a women’s national team in ice hockey. Both teams competed for the first time and collected important experiences in their debut. Both teams came to Taipei City under very different conditions at home. In Malaysia games and practices usually happen at an ice rink in a shopping mall near the capital of Kuala Lumpur while in India hockey is mostly played in the northern region of Ladakh close to the Himalayas where ice is only available during two or three months when the ponds are frozen.

Malaysia had the better start when the two teams went head to head. Inarah Haniff opened the scoring after 27 seconds and had another marker 13 minutes later to make it 2-0. The Malaysians added another goal late in the first period and two more midway through the game for a commanding 5-0 lead. Then India reacted with a pair of markers from Tsewang Chuskit and another one from Stanzin Dolkar but eventually the Malaysian women’s team got its first-ever win, 6-3
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Pre-Championship Ranking

USA first, tough battle for PyeongChang 2018

  Pre-Championship Ranking

Who will make it to PyeongChang 2018? Sweden (5th) and Russia (6th) are currently the countries at the edge for the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ranking and can improve their position in Kamloops

 

 

The International Ice Hockey Federation has released its Women’s Pre-Championship Report where the United States and Canada lead tied in points.

 

The report includes all World Ranking points from the Women’s World Championships and Olympics between 2013 and 2015 with just the numbers from the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship to be added in April to get the final 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ranking.

 

The United States are first with 2,360 points followed by Canada with the same number of points. (The result from the last event is the tie-breaker.) That means whichever of the two North American rivals fares better in the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will also be ranked first in the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ranking.

 

This ranking will be more important than the last ones since it will determine the seeding for the 2018 Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament including determining the five automatically qualified teams and the seeding for the Olympic Qualification tournaments to be played during the 2016/2017 ice hockey season.

 

The top-5 teams from the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ranking and host Korea will be automatically qualified while other nations can earn one of the two additional spots through the Olympic Qualification events.

 

The points indicate that the USA and Canada are already qualified no matter how they end up in Kamloops while the chances for the Czech Republic and for Germany (plays in Division I) are zero and for Japan slim to gain enough points in order to move to fifth place or higher in the new World Ranking.

 

Therefore it’s mainly Finland, Switzerland, Sweden and Russia that will battle for the three remaining spots for direct qualification to PyeongChang 2018. The teams that reach the semi-finals will make it, the others will have to wait, see and calculate.

 

The team from this quartet that doesn’t make it will as consolation have the right to host one of the two Final Olympic Qualification tournaments in February 2017. This right can be used by the top-ranked teams (6th and 7th) that don’t reach the top-5 and direct qualification for PyeongChang 2018.

 

The other team getting that right will likely be Japan. The Japanese will overtake 7th-ranked Germany, which will not earn enough points to defend its position after being relegated last year and playing in the Division I Group A tournament this spring. The Czech Republic also have a theoretical chance to take seventh place in the World Ranking but will likely need to finish three or four positions better than the Japanese in Kamloops to overtake the Asians.

 

The nations ranked 6th to 11th will get a spot in the Final Olympic Qualification that will take place in two groups from 9 to 12 February 2017. Preliminary Rounds will take place with other teams in August and November 2016. Click here for more information on the Olympic Qualification for the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

 

Click here for the 2016 Women’s Pre-Championship Report.

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A little off topic.

but guys do you remember the different goalhorns of each team at last worlds? there a video of the official dj introducing all 16 songs parts:d I just love the goal horns, I love this when a team score and the selected song is played.

which one is your prefered from those 16?

the video start at 0:45

 

 

For me the top 3 are for sure

Latvia and Goran Bregovič (Gas, Gas) :d

 

 

Finland and Scooter

 

 

and Slovenia , I just loved this goal horn:d

 

 

 

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Switzerland tops Japan

Four points for Huni in return to Swiss team

Switzerland tops Japan

Switzerland's Christine Hueni #19 celebrates her first goal against Team Japan assisted by Switzerland's Lara Stalder #7 during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship.

 

 

Unlike in 2015, the Japanese weren’t able to open these Women’s Worlds with an upset win. They fell 4-2 to Switzerland at McArthur Island Centre on Monday.

 

Forward Christine Huni (nee Meier) showed no rust after a five-absence from this tournament. She led the way with two goals and two assists for Switzerland

Japan shocked host Sweden with a 4-3 shootout win to kick off last year in Malmo, and they’ll get another crack at the Swedes on Tuesday evening.

This game was a duel between Florence Schelling, named Best Goalie at the 2014 Olympics, and Nana Fujimoto, named Best Goalie at the 2015 Women’s Worlds. Switzerland outshot Japan 32-28.

Japan ran into early penalty trouble, and the Swiss took advantage. Appearing in her first Women’s Worlds game since 2011, Huni drew first blood with a power play goal at 7:33.

With under two minutes left in the first period, Japanese captain Chiho Osawa tied it up.

However, it took just 1:50 into the middle frame for Lara Stalder to put Switzerland up 2-1 with a two-man advantage. The Japanese would never equalize again.

Third-period goals by Phoebe Stanza and Huni put the game out of reach. Yuka Hirano cut the deficit to 4-2 on the power play with about 10 minutes left, but that was as good as it got for coach Yoshifumi Fujisawa’s troops. Daniela Diaz earned her first Women’s Worlds win as the Swiss head coach.

Next up for Switzerland is the newly promoted Czech Republic. The Czechs last appeared in this tournament in Ottawa 2013.

 

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Finns outlast Russia

Niskanen hot as defending bronze medalists win

Finns outlast Russia

Finland's Jenni Hiirikoski #6 celebrates a second period goal against Russia with Michelle Karvinen #21, Riikka Valila #13, Rosa Lindstedt #4 and Petra Nieminen #11 during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship.

 

 

In a rematch of last year’s bronze medal game, Finland beat Russia 5-3 at the Sandman Centre. Special teams dominated, as both sides had two power play goals.

 

Tanja Niskanen scored twice and added an assist, and Jenni Hiirikoski, Ronja Savolainen, and Noora Tulus had singles for Finland, which defeated the Russians for third place last year in Malmo, Sweden.

Iya Gavrilova had a pair of unassisted goals, and Anna Shibanova also scored for Russia. The Russians have medaled twice in tournament history, winning bronze in 2001 and 2013.

"Of course, they scored three times," said Hiirikoski. "Maybe too much. But whatever! We scored five times today, and Tanja was on fire. It was good."

Finnish starting goalie Meeri Raisanen got the win versus Russian counterpart Nadezhda Morozova in this spirited, up-and-down affair. Finland outshot Russia 28-25.

"Obviously I’m not glad about the result," said Russia's Alexandra Vafina. "The luck wasn’t on our side. We had so many chances. The game was really good, pretty fast. I’m just a little bit disappointed."

Niskanen broke a scoreless tie with 1:18 left in the first period when she circled into the slot and beat Morozova high to the blocker side with a smart wrister.

The Russians drew even at 11:44 of the second period. On a nice solo effort, Gavrilova danced out from behind the goal line and surprised Raisanen with her quick release. It is Gavrilova’s tenth IIHF Women’s World Championship dating back to 2004

With the towering Rosa Lindstedt providing the screen in front, Hiirikoski’s centre point shot trickled home to put Finland up 2-1 less than three minutes later.

The Finns took a penalty for too many players on the ice, and it cost them. Russia struck back with Shibanova’s great one-timer from the right faceoff circle at 15:43 to make it 2-2.

Finland jumped ahead again at 3:31 of the third. Working on a 5-on-4, Niskanen tried to find Venla Hovi standing on the doorstep in front and the puck found its way past Morozova.

"I have played with her this season in Jyvaskyla so I know how good she can be," Hiirikoski said of Niskanen.

However, Russia wasn't done yet. Vafina provided the screen as Gavrilova cut out of the corner to the goalie’s left and zipped it home at 7:05 with the man advantage.

But then the Finns pulled away.

At 8:07, Savolainen cruised in off the blue line and took a rising shot that found twine past Morozova’s right post.

Finland went up 5-3 at 10:35 when Noora Tulus corraled a rebound on her backhand and flung it past the goalie.

Vafina missed on a partial breakaway late in the game, dinging it off the crossbar. That was as close as the Russians would get.

"We will keep trying harder next time," said Vafina.

Tough tests loom. Next up for Russia is host Canada on Tuesday. The Finns will play the Americans in the early game at the Sandman Centre that day.

"We just have to be brave and do our best," said Hiirikoski. "Keep the puck moving. Let’s see what happens."

 

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