Spain in top spot after day two
by Liz MONTROY|10 JAN 2024
photo: © International Ice Hockey Federation

Norway 6-Korea 1

Norway collected their second win in a row on Tuesday, with Edle Rise Moe passing to an unmarked Tiril Arntzen to open scoring at 6:09.

Korea tied the game just minutes into the second period, with Chaeyeon Han tapping in a loose puck behind Norwegian goalie Mia Lind. But the floodgates then opened for Norway, who scored four goals in the second period to take a convincing 5-1 lead. Rise Moe tipped in a Thea Fernande Rustbakken shot, with the two combining yet again less than a minute later for a shorthanded goal from Rustbakken. Captain Ida Haave added a goal at 38:14, followed by Norway’s first powerplay goal of the tournament from Malene Tjomsland.

Maja Carlin scored Norway’s final goal of the game at 50:34. Despite allowing six goals, Korean goalie Hyoseo Cheon made an impressive 46 saves, earning her team’s Best Player honours.

Poland 9-Chinese Taipei 2

Polish captain Magdalena Lapies and Lena Zieba were responsible for seven of Poland’s nine goals against Chinese Taipei in their second win of the tournament.

The opening goal went to Zieba at 3:31, with Chinese Taipei scoring their first of the tournament four minutes later, a redirection from Ruo-Chi Li. Poland responded quickly, with Lapies scoring a shorthanded goal and Carolina Gawandtka skating the length of the ice and moving the puck from forehand to backhand to put it past Yi-Ting Chiu.

With a 3-1 lead at the start of the second period, Poland maintained control for the remainder of the game. Lapies and Zieba scored their second goals of the game in the second period, collecting hat tricks in the third. Matylda Stepien scored off a rebound in the third period as well, with Poland’s last goal of the game belonging to Zieba, her fourth through 60 minutes. It was Chinese Taipei however who would be the last to get on the scoresheet, with Shu-Yu Wang scoring on a penalty shot following a delay of game call to Poland.

Spain 9-Australia 0

Spain claimed their second shutout on home ice against Australia. Claudia Castellanos stood out for Spain, scoring four goals and claiming the top spot in tournament scoring (six goals, eight points overall).

While the home team managed just one goal in the first period—a powerplay marker from Castellanos—the second and third were four-goal periods for Spain. Paula Gimenez started Spain’s scoring rush, sending the puck top corner on her backhand. This was followed by two more goals from Castellanos (one on the powerplay) and Paula Marina’s first of the game, giving Spain a 5-0 lead entering the final 20 minutes.

Australia was able to hold off Spain for the first half of the third period, but Iraia Ayestaran sent the puck to the front of the net at 51:21 for Lidia Romero to put it past Australian goalie Olivia Gargano. Castellanos scored once more in the third period, with Marina securing a hat trick with two more goals, the last of which was scored with just 16 seconds remaining.

Up Next

Wednesday is an off day, with teams returning to the ice on Thursday January 11 for Norway-Chinese Taipei, Australia-Korea and Poland-Spain.