Czech Republic: 3, Switzerland: 1
This ended up being the only upset of the night and man, was it a big one. The recently promoted Czech Republic are playing in this tournament for the first time since 2013, when they lost to Sweden in the relegation round. Switzerland was knocked out it the quarterfinal round last year but are just two years removed from winning the Olympic bronze medal.
Florence Schelling did not have a very good game, letting in three goals on just 17 shots. 20 year old Tereza Vanišová scored two goals in the win. Vanišová spent this season playing for a hockey training institute in Shelburne and looks to have committed to the University of Maine for next season. Keep an eye out for her, she's a rising star for the Czechs.
Switzerland will play Sweden and the Czech Republic will play Japan on Thursday. There could potentially be a three-way tie for first place in Group B after the round robin is over, so these last two games will be crucial for determining seeding and tie-breakers. The top two teams in Group B will play in the quarter finals while the bottom two will play in the relegation round.
CZECH THIS OUT! Recently promoted Czech team beats Switzerland 3-1 at #WomensWorlds, two goals from Tereza Vanisova.https://t.co/rXhKYVtwVp— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) March 30, 2016
USA: 2, Finland: 1
USA got off to a very rocky start. They didn't look great at all in the first 10 minutes and Finland capitalized, jumping out to an early lead on this very nice goal.
Michelle Karvinen puts Finland on the board with a great move on the 2-on-1 #WomensWorlds pic.twitter.com/PrsjGjh2lL— CWHL Gifs (@CWHLHighlights) March 29, 2016
USA managed to tie it up at the end of the first period, though. Finland failed to clear the puck and Lee Stecklein capitalized, shooting a wrister from the point that Hilary Knight deflected in. Jocelyne Lamoureux added another goal in the second period.
USA ended up putting 51 shots on net (Finland had 7) and Finland's goalie, Meeri Räisänen, was the only reason this game didn't turn into a blowout. She was spectacular.
WATCH USA's 2-1 edging of Finland. Americans, who had 51 shots on goal, needed quite some persistence and patience.https://t.co/d8LqF9fo18— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) March 30, 2016
Sweden: 2, Japan: 0
It doesn't look like the IIHF has highlights from this game, unfortunately. Sweden won this one pretty convincingly. Shots were 35-16 for Sweden with Sara Grahn getting the shutout.
Japanese goalie Nana Fujimoto kept Japan in the game and Sweden wasn't able to beat her until early in the third period. Pernilla Winberg scored 59 seconds into the period and defender Emma Eliasson followed that up with a goal on the powerplay less than five minutes later.
Japan will play the Czech Republic in their final round robin game tomorrow. With this loss, the best they can finish is in third place (they lose the tie-breaker with Switzerland), so they'll be playing for pride tomorrow. They'll play a three game relegation round starting on Friday.
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Canada: 8, Russia: 1
Canada decided to do their best USA impression. Russia jumped out to an early lead with a bit of a flukey goal, a shot from the slot that deflected twice and got past Charline Labonté. Russia would maintain the lead until early in the second, when Rebecca Johnston tied the game up on a 3-on-2 shorthanded rush. Yeah. That probably gives you a good picture of how the rest of the game went.
Canada ended up scoring five more goals in the second before adding two more in the third period. Defenders Meghan Mikkelson and Halli Krzyzaniak had two goals apiece (Mikkelson nearly had a natural hattrick in less than three minutes but missed on her penalty shot opportunity). Rebecca Johnston was named Canada's player of the game for her four point performance.
HIGHLIGHTS: After Gavrilova had given Russia the lead, Canada reacted with six 2nd-period goals at #WomensWorlds.https://t.co/1EGgHjwvQ2— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) March 30, 2016
Division I, Group A
The tournament is not over yet (teams still have one more game to play), but Germany has already clinched first place and will be playing with the top division next year in Michigan. Germany was relegated to the lower division during last year's Worlds. Here's an excerpt from the IIHF's story on the game:
Germany will celebrate their win, no doubt long into the night and for the coming months, but it will be back to business in the summer when they prepare for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships in Plymouth and for the Final Olympic Qualification tournament in February.
"As of right now, I can only focus on this tournament but it is going to be great to go up. We are going to work hard in the summer for the World Championships and for the Olympic Qualification," says Jennifer Harss.
"We will take this self-confidence with us. We know there is no stop and we have to keep getting better every game and tournament. We know that there is more we have to bring. It takes time but we will take the time to work on those things," says a determined Andrea Lanzl