The World Women’s U18 Championship kicked off today in Füssen, Germany, with all the favorites earning wins. Two of the games were competitive, while the other two were lopsided results.
The first close call came when Finland needed a shootout to defeat the Czech Republic. The Czechs were last year’s U18 surprise, winning the bronze medal and this year they nearly picked up right where they left off taking Finland into overtime and a shootout. In the end the Finns earned the close 2-1 win.
In the other competitive game of the day Sweden struggled to put away host Germany, but eventually prevailed, scoring six goals in the last 10 minuets for an 8-1 win. The game was deadlocked at one until Melinda Olsson scored the go-ahead tally midway through the game.
Canada and the United States earned easy wins in their openers. The Canadians downed Switzerland 16-1, scoring six goals in both the second and third periods in the win. Meanwhile, the Americans jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first period en route to a 17-0 victory against Russia.
This is the only the second time the IIHF has staged a World Women’s U18 Championship. The Americans won the inaugural event last year. The eight teams are playing in two preliminary round groups. Group A is made up of Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland, while Group B has USA, Sweden, Russia and Germany. The top two teams from each preliminary round group will advance to a cross over to earn the right to play for gold, while the bottom two teams will also play a cross over to earn the right to play for the fifth place.
For all results from the World Women's U18 Championship, click here.