Preliminary play in 2019 Worlds has finished!
United States beat Russia, 10-0
- United States - Amanda Kessel, Cayla Barnes, Kendall Coyne Schofield (2), Megan Bozek, Lee Stecklein (2), Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, Jessie Compher
- Russia - n/a/
After a tough-fought 5-1 loss against Canada yesterday, the exhausted Russian team was no match for Team USA’s firepower. Eight different goalscorers put Team USA into the double digits, and two players—Lee Stecklein and Jesse Compher—got their first goals with the national team. Although Russia was able to generate some offense, ultimately they were unable to get enough shots on Alex Rigsby to beat her, and she recorded a 12-save shutout.
Canada beat Finland, 6 - 1
- Finland - Ella Viitasuo
- Canada - Loren Gabel (2), Rebecca Johnston, Brianne Jenner, Sarah Nurse, Erin Ambrose/
The game had the makings of a goaltender battle — Noora Raty v Shannon Szabados. But then the Canadians chased Noora Raty out of her net after she gave up three goals. Eveliina Suonpaa couldn’t stop the scoring either as she was tagged for another three goals. On the other end of the ice, Shannon Szabados made 22 saves.
Group A standings at the end of preliminaries
|Rank||Country||Games Played||Wins||Loses||OT Wins||Points||Goals for||Goals against|
Japan beat Sweden, 3 - 2
- Japan - Haruna Yoneyama, Akane Shiga, Ayaka Toko
- Sweden - Emma Nordin, Sofia Engstrom/
What a stunner. In a battle to stay in the tournament - and the top tier - presumable underdog Japan prevailed.
Penalties hurt the Swedes as the clock ticked down as both the game tying and the game winning goal were scored while the Japanese had the player advantage. The teams entered the third period tied before Sweden took the lead. Japan responded four minutes later tying the game and took the lead seven minutes later. That would be all she wrote as Sweden couldn’t make a last minute stand.
This marks the first time Sweden was relegated out of the top tier.
Czech Republic beat Germany, 2 - 0
- Czech Republic - Alena Mills (2)
- Germany - n/a/
Group B standings at the end of preliminaries
|Rank||Country||Games Played||Wins||Loses||OT Wins||OT Loses||Points||Goals for||Goals against|