Written by: Martin Durkin
Going into this afternoon’s semi-final action, Sweden is not only unbeaten coming out of the round robin portion of the world championships, but no country has yet to score on them. Their opponents, the Czech Republic went through the round robin at 1-1-1.
The winner of this game will be going for gold in the A division championship while the loser, will move off to the bronze.
To make it to the A Championship, Swedish defenseman Sofia Olander, says her team will have to play conservative hockey to a point.
“I think we have to work on our defense, because we are going to meet better and greater teams in the semifinals,” said Olander.
Going into today’s game, team Sweden has been all offence, scoring 41 goals in their last three games.
“It feels great to score so many goals and we have a good feeling as a team on the field and outside the field,” said Olander. “There are still things we can work at, it’s going to be a tough semifinals, and we have to work hard to win.”
Before the start of each game, the Czech Republic march into the Wellness Centre, stamping their feet and chanting at the top of their lungs a song of the day. Today was no different as they marched through the building, letting everyone know they had entered. Stamping feet and chanting out loudly the music of Queen and ‘We Will Rock You’. They marched through the building and through the doors of the Yardmen onto the rink, letting Sweden know, they had arrived and were ready for the hardest challenge to date as a unit.
First period action ended with Sweden up 3-0 after a pair of girls by Swedish star, Annie Nilsson. Neither team scored during the second period, and while Finland still found themselves behind, they were the first team to keep Sweden off the scoreboard for an entire period, and the first team to hold Sweden to a low score in general.
After 60 minutes of play, the Czech offence could not get through the Swedish defense to score and get on the board, while Sweden was able to put two more in and end the game with a 5-0 win. And after 180 minutes of play in this tournament, Team Sweden is moving forward without a single goal scored against them thus far.
“Finland will be our toughest opponent,” said Olander. “In the past we always have tough games with them.”
Players of the game:
Sweden – Lovisa Hedin
Czech Republic – Eliska Drbalova