FÜSSEN, Germany – Canada, Sweden and the USA remain undefeated and qualified for the semi-finals. The Czech Republic or Finland will join them tomorrow.
After having lost to Finland in a shoot-out, last year’s bronze-medal winner Czech Republic landed its first win in the 2009 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, 7-3 against Switzerland.
The Czechs had an early lead thanks to goals by Lucie Povova and Marketa Sramkova within 53 seconds. The Swiss didn’t give up after the setback, lowered the lead to 2-1, 4-2 and 5-3 but the Czechs answered with goals, whereas Sramkova was the only player to score twice.
While the Czechs kept the semi-final dreams alive, it was the second defeat in the second game for the Swiss. Canada beat them 16-1 yesterday and the maple-leaf team was also too strong for Finland. Six different players scored in the 6-0 win while Cassie Seguin celebrated the qualification to the semi-finals with the first Canadian shutout of the tournament.
Who will join the Canadians to the semi-finals? The Czechs (4 points) need a miracle in form of a victory over Canada in the last group-stage game tomorrow to qualify for the semi-finals – or some help from the Swiss, who play against Finland (2 points) tomorrow.
Both semi-finalists from Group A are already known after two days as Team USA and Sweden remain undefeated after their second games in Füssen.
Sweden outmatched Russia, 6-1, in a game with 88-8 shots on goal in favour of the Swedes. Isabelle Jordansson and Cecilia Östberg scored two goals each. The Swedes proofed again too strong for their European opponents at this tournament after having celebrated an 8-1 victory against host Germany on Monday.
Reigning champion USA had another two-digit win and shutout as they crushed Germany, 11-0. Taylor Wasylk, Brittany Ammerman and Lyndsey Fry scored two goals each. Team USA will play Sweden for the first place in the group tomorrow.
“The competition will get tougher starting tomorrow against Sweden – we've played two good games, but now we'll have the opportunity to really make some strides,” U.S. head coach Mark Johnson said.
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