Written by Jessica Klein, Martin Durkin, and Michael Mitchell
Both Lativa and Slovakia both got on the board early and stay close throughout the first period, ending with Slovakia ahead 3-2. At the end of the second period, Slovakia was ahead by two, having scored the only goal of the period. Slovakia would go on to win the game, 9-5, retaining the right to stay in the A division for next year.
Thailand Scores Convincing Victory over Austria. Nelly Johansson’s six goals and three assists led her country to a decisive 17-2 win. A six-goal opening period set the tone for the match, and that was followed by six more in the second session, and another flurry of goals in the final period. The Austrians, limited by a short bench and a depleted roster, struggled to create scoring opportunities consistently against its quicker opponent.
Germany roars back from a two goal deficit to defeat Hungary. The opening period provided only a few clear scoring chances with both playing strong defense. Late in the first period Hungary broke through Germany’s defenses to end the period with a 2-0 lead. Germany erased its 2-0 deficit with an onslaught of goals in the second and third periods for an impressive 5-2 win.
At the end of the first period, Finland was up 1-0 against the Swiss. After 40 minutes of play, Finland came through with defensive work, staying ahead as the Swiss plied on pressure offensively. After three periods of play Finland would go on to win the semifinal match with a score of 5-1.
Norway Scores Early, Holds On, defeats Poland 5-4. Norway hit the floor running with three goals in the first three minutes of the game, ending the first period with a 4-0 lead. Despite a strong offensive push from Poland, Norway held on for a 5-4 victory.
First period action between Sweden and Czech Republic 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. 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.
The final match of the day featured the classic rivalry between Canada and the USA. Canada took a commanding lead in the first period, with Kathryn Kennedy netting a hat trick. The end of the first period saw Canada with a comfortable 5-0 advantage over the USA. The USA posted its first goal in the second period however, the period would end 8-1 for Canada. Period three would fair no better for team U.S.A, as their defense could simply not keep up with the fast pace that team Canada brought to their net. Despite two late period goals, Canada cruised to an easy win, ending the game at 10-3.