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2019 Worlds: Day 1 recap

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Germany beats Sweden in a shootout like WOAH

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Germany’s Laura Kluge scores the game winning goal on Sweden’s Sarah Grahn.
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2019 Worlds opened with an upset! This is going to be a fun tournament

Group A

Canada beats Switzerland, 6-0

Goals

  • Canada - Loren Gable, Natalie Spooner, Emily Clark (2), Jamie Rattray, Blayre Turnbull
  • Switzerland - n/a

Swiss goaltender Andrea Brandli only allowed two goals in the first and none in the second before Canada really turned up the heat in the third. They scored four goals on 17 shots in the final frame. Brandli didn’t get much help from her teammates as they only has six shots all game — four in the first, two in second, and zero in the third.

IIHF Recap

USA beat Finland, 6 - 2

Goals

  • USA - Kendall Coyne Schofield, Melissa Samoskevich, Hilary Knight, Alex Carpenter, Brianna Decker, Annie Pankowski
  • Finland - Elisa Holopainen, Petra Nieminen

Kendall Coyne-Schofield had two assists and a goal in Team USA’s wild comeback win. Finland was leading 2-1 off of goals from Holopainen and Nieminen after the second period, but in the third, Team USA scored five unanswered goals from five different players. Noora Räty made 39 saves, but Team USA’s third-period onslaught was just too much.

IIHF Recap

Group A standings after Day 1

Rank Country Wins Loses OT Wins Points Goals for Goals against
Rank Country Wins Loses OT Wins Points Goals for Goals against
1 Canada 1 0 0 3 6 0
2 United States 1 0 0 3 6 2
3 Finland 0 1 0 0 2 6
4 Switzerland 0 1 0 0 0 6
5 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group B

Germany beats Sweden, 2 - 1 in a shootout

Goals

  • Germany - Emily Nix, Laura Kluge (shootout)
  • Sweden - Sofia Engstrom

Germany opened the tournament by upsetting Sweden in a shootout, with Laura Kluge netting the sole and winning goal in the shootout.

Both teams scored in the middle frame, though the Germans only recorded three total shots in the period. The whole game was busy for Germany’s goaltender Jennifer Harss as Sweden had 41 shots in the whole game.

Highlights via IIHF // IIHF Recap

Japan beat France, 3 - 0

Goals

  • Japan - Mei Miura, Ayaka Toko, Suzuka Taka
  • France - n/a

Japanese goaltender Nana Fujimoto pitched a shutout in their opening game stopping 25 shots against the newcomers, France.

IIHF Recap

Group B standings after Day 1

Rank Country Wins Loses OT Wins Points Goals for Goals against
Rank Country Wins Loses OT Wins Points Goals for Goals against
1 Japan 1 0 0 3 3 0
2 Germany 0 0 1 2 2 1
3 Sweden 0 1 0 1 1 2
4 France 0 1 0 0 0 3
5 Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0