Written by: Michael Mitchell
A relentless attack too much for the Austrians in the final game for both countries in Belleville, ON CA.
Tough to get up for a game such as this one, both countries hoping to leave the U19 WFC event with the taste of victory. But credit due to both Japan and Austria for coming to play and avoid finishing at the bottom of the rankings for 2016.
Japan opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game, Kaede Kasahara drilling a shot from the left point, 1-0. Two minutes later, Reina Katsumura slapped a back-hander past Austrian goaltender Tanja Keczol for the 2-0 lead. The Japanese women poured it on with three more goals before the period ended – Katsumura’s second, Yumiko Wakasa, and Fuka Shibata.
Japan continued to carry the play in the second period, scoring five more times – Katsumura’s third of the game (she also had two assists), Mitsuki Hara, Nami Motoyama, Miho Sakai (who had four assists in the game), and Yuno Hashimoto.
Five more goals in the final period completed the rout – Shibata’s second, Motoyama’s third, Hara’s second, and Rei Goto. Austria had a couple of close calls late in the session but couldn’t convert.
For Japan, a solid performance to close out its inaugural appearance at the U19 WFC.
Players of the game:
Austria – Nina Aichholzer
Japan – Miho Sakai