Written by: Michael Mitchell
The Norwegians improve their world ranking significantly, moving from 8th to 5th in the U19 WFC.
Norway started early – and often – scoring three times before the game was seven minutes old. Linh-Dan Hoang Nguyen had goals back-to-back (1:37, 5:56), then Rikke Enerly Selstad followed with a highlight-film conversion of a three-way passing play. Seven minutes later, the Norwegians increased the lead when Marte Arkoy drilled a shot from the point on the power play, Selstad’s pass setting up the shot.
Poland, which entered the tournament ranked 6th overall among the Division A countries, peppered goalie Ida Ambjorseie with some quality shots but were denied each time.
Norway, which entered the 2016 championships as the 8th-ranked country, started quickly again in the second period, Camilla Heie Larsen chipping in a shot off a rebound at 2:34. The play neutralized for the next 12 minutes. Poland finally solved Ambjorseie at 15:34, Joanna Szelzchen ripping a shot home from the centre point, and at 18:15, when Dagmara Zadrozna drilled a shot from the right slot. A chance for the Poles to close the gap further with 20 minutes remaining.
Three minutes into the third session, a fluke shot from long range found the mesh for Poland (Maja Masztaler, the scorer), and suddenly, it was a two-goal difference. Poland then went on the power play twice – couldn’t convert the first time, did convert the second time. At 14:22, in a goal-mouth scramble, Daria Drzymala scored. The Norwegians’ 5-0 lead had all but dwindled. During a frantic final 90 seconds, Norway held its ground for the 5-4 decision.
As mentioned, with the win, Norway claims the #5 ranking the A Division, while Poland finishes the week in Belleville, ON CA at #6.
Players of the game:
Norway – Ida Ambjorseie
Poland – Zuzanna Krzywak