2019 Worlds: Quarterfinals recap
We have our semifinals matchups for Saturday and our 9th and 10th place teams after a busy day of hockey in Finland
USA, Canada, Russia, and Finland are moving on to the semifinals!
United States beat Japan, 4-0
- United States - Hilary Knight, Dani Cameranesi, Cayla Barnes, Kendall Coyne Schofield
- Japan - n/a/
This one ended up being pretty close, much closer than many expected for the quarterfinal round. After one period, Team USA led by just one goal, and after two periods, it was a 2-0 game. Japan couldn’t get much offense going in front of Nana Fujimoto, though, who had 49 saves.
Canada beat Germany, 5-0
- Canada - Blayre Turnbull (2), Brianne Jenner, Laura Stacey, Natalie Spooner
- Germany - n/a/
We saw another outstanding goaltending performance from the Group B side, with Jennifer Harß making 56 saves for the Germans, but the Canadians rolled on to the semifinals. Shots on goal were 66-9 in favor of Canada.
Russia beat Switzerland, 3-0
- Russia - Anna Shokhina, Yelena Dergachyova, Alevtina Shtaryova
- Switzerland - n/a/
Russia came out swinging in this one, outshooting the Swiss 18-1 through the first period and 44-14 for the game. Andrea Brändli was excellent in net for Switzerland to keep them in it, but this was a good statement win for the Russians heading into the semifinals.
Finland vs. Czech Republic, 3-1
- Finland - Michelle Karvinen, Susanna Tapani, Jenni Hiirikoski
- Czech Republic - Natálie Mlýnková/
The Czech Republic struck first after a scoreless first period with a goal 1:31 into the second, but the Finns notched three straight goals to advance to the semifinals. The game-tying goal and Jenni Hiirikoski’s insurance goal that put Finland up 3-1 in the third period were both scored on the power play. Michelle Karvinen and Hiirikoski both finished with three-point nights and Noora Räty stopped 16 of the 17 shots she faced; Klára Peslarová made 40 saves for the Czech Republic.
Sweden beat France, 3-2
- Sweden - Sofie Lundin, Emma Nordin, Isabell Palm
- France - Clara Rozier, Chloé Aurard/
There is no relegation round this year, with both France and Sweden moving down a tier next year, but they battled out to decide ninth place in the tournament. Sweden outshot France, 34-26, but the French kept it a pretty close game. Goaltender Caroline Baldin made 31 saves, and Aurard scored another big goal to pull France within one at the end of the third. Sweden ended up prevailing, thanks in large part to good performances from Winberg and Nordin, who each posted a goal and an assist.