CALGARY, Canada - Women's hockey is also dominated at the inaugural IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship by the North Americans. Not surprising, the hosts Canada and the United States will go for gold on Sunday night.
The Americans won their semi-final against the surprising Czech team 8-0. Six players scored the goals while Brooke Ammerman and Kate Bacon put the puck twice into the Czech net. Team USA scored goals in four out of five power play situations.
Also the Canadians had a one-sided game against Sweden, which was won by 7-1. Team Canada convinced with a balanced team as six players scored the goals. Catherine White was the one who found the net two times. The Canadians made use of four out of six power plays. Lisa Johansson made the only goal for the Swedes, who will face the Czech Republic for the bronze game.
Canada and the USA are no strangers to each other, as they played each other in every of the ten World Women’s Championship finals. In a series of three exhibition games in August, Canada beat the Americans each time and goes as a favourite into the final game.
In the placement games 5 to 8, the group A teams were the strongest. Finland had it first win of the tournament by beating Switzerland 7-2 in a game with much offensive action (59-31 shots for Finland). The game was decided in the second period, which was won 3-0 by the Finns. The first line of the Finns impressed with five goals: two each by Linda Valimaki and Maiju Yliniemi, one by Pia Lund.
Germany deserved a 2-1 over Russia by outshooting the opponent 28-17. Ekatarina Solovyeva gained the lead for the Russians at 18:19, but thanks to a strong second period of the Germans, they won the game with goals by Jessica Geml and Jenny Tamas. The Germans will face Finland in the fifth place game while Switzerland plays Russia will play for place seven. Both clashes in the round-robin were won by Germany and Switzerland respectively.
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