FÜSSEN, Germany – After the surprising Swiss win over Finland, the Czech Republic made it to the semis as the last team. Canada and the USA won their groups.
Finland needed just a victory against winless Switzerland to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2009 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship but the Swiss caused an upset by beating the Finns, 4-3. Hence, the Czech Republic, despite losing the last game to Canada 13-0, made it to the final four.
It was a tough afternoon for the Finnish women’s U18 team. After Susanna Tapani scored the 3-0 goal for Finland at 27:51, everything seemed to be clear but the semi-final came into the heads too early. The Swiss, who had a weak first period, scored four goals within just five minutes from 30:12 to 35:15 and could keep the 4-3 lead until the end.
As the Czechs lost to Canada, 13-0, at the same time, they could be more than happy about the Swiss support and remain in second place of Group B with the conclusion of the group stage.
Group A was won by defending champion USA. The Americans won the top game of the group against Sweden, 9-2. Team USA led 4-0 after 22 minutes with Brianna Decker’s second marker. Kendall Coyne scored four goals.
Russia defeated Germany 5-2 in the other game between two teams that had been winless before.
The tournament continues on Friday as follows:
Semi-finals (main arena):
Canada vs. Sweden (16:30)
USA vs. Czech Republic (20:00)
Note: The semi-final pairings are the same as last year when Canada beat Sweden 7-1 and Team USA won against the Czechs 8-0.
Cross-over games, place 5-8 (2nd rink):
Switzerland vs. Germany (16:00)
Russia vs. Finland (19:30)
The tournament ends with the placement games on Saturday.
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