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2019 Worlds: Day 5 Recap

France wins their first game! Spooner nets a hat trick!

Canada v United States Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Group A

Switzerland beat Finland; 6-2

Goals

  • Switzerland - Evelina Raselli, Alina Muller
  • Finland - Susanna Tapani, Rosa Lindstedt, Linda Valimaki, Michelle Karvinen (2), Minnamari Tuominen

At the beginning it looked as if the Swiss were going to give the Finns a run. Switzerland opened the scoring and phenom Alina Muller tied the game in the second period, but Finland broke out after that scoring four unanswered goals. Switzerland didn’t win a single game in preliminaries but will move on to the quarterfinals as all five Group A teams advance.

IIHF Recap

Canada beat Russia, 5-1

Goals

  • Canada - Natalie Spooner (3), Rebecca Johnston, Blayre Turnbull
  • Russia - Liana Ganeyeva

It was the Natalie Spooner show as she tallied her 50th-52nd goals for Team Canada as well as a primary assist to give Canada a safe lead early in the game. Russia pulled goaltender Anna Prugova after three goals in favor of Morozova who let in two. Russia struggled taking four early penalties, and getting no shots on goal the entire second period.

Despite losing Marie Philip-Poulin early to injury, who made her first appearance in this Worlds tournament this game for Canada, Russia could not pull it together to score more than one late power play goal by Liana Ganeyeva. Shots on goal ended 45-8 for Canada. Spooner was given player of the game along with Russia’s Anna Shibanova.

IIHF Recap

Group A standings after Day 5

Rank Country Games Played Wins Loses OT Wins Points Goals for Goals against
Rank Country Games Played Wins Loses OT Wins Points Goals for Goals against
1 United States 3 3 0 0 9 17 4
2 Canada 3 2 1 0 6 13 4
3 Finland 3 2 1 0 6 12 8
4 Russia 3 1 2 0 3 3 10
5 Switzerland 4 0 4 0 0 3 22

Group B

Czech Republic beat Japan, 3 - 1

Goals

  • Czech Republic - Denisa Krizova, Vendula Pribylova, Tereza Vanisova
  • Japan - Hanae Kubo

The Czech Republic continued their roll in Group B, winning their third straight game and securing their spot in the quarterfinals.

IIHF Recap

France beat Germany, 3 - 2 in overtime

Goals

  • France - Lara Escudero, Estelle Duvin, Chloe Aurard (ot)
  • Germnay - Nicola Eisenschmid, Kerstin Spielberger

It took an extra 1:44 of hockey for France to win their first game in the top tier but Chloe Aurard scored, unassisted, to secure the win in their final preliminary game. They’ll face either Sweden or Japan for the 9th place game.

IIHF Recap

Group B standings after Day 5

Rank Country Games Played Wins Loses OT Wins OT Loses Points Goals for Goals against
Rank Country Games Played Wins Loses OT Wins OT Loses Points Goals for Goals against
1 Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 0 9 11 5
2 Germany 3 1 0 1 1 6 7 6
3 Sweden 3 1 1 1 1 4 6 8
4 Japan 3 1 2 0 0 3 6 6
5 France 4 1 3 0 0 2 5 10

Unfortunately, France will be relegated back to Division I Group A following their first appearance, as according to the IIHF Rules, the two last-placed teams of Group B are relegated.

Japan and Sweden face off tomorrow in what will be a battle for third and fourth place in Group B. Both have one win; however, Sweden has an overtime loss giving them an extra point and currently third place. It’s a win or go home game for both countries at 5:30 a.m. et tomorrow!