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Swedes on to quarters

Swedes on to quarters

3-1 win over Czechs no good for Swiss

Published 03.04.2017 23:25 GMT-4 | Author Andrew Podnieks
Swedes on to quarters
PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN - April 3: Sweden's Johanna Fallman #5 celebrates her second period goal while Czech Republic's Klara Peslarova #29 and Petra Herzigova #6 look on during preliminary round action at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/HHOF-IIHF Images)
The Czechs got the first goal but it was all Sweden after that. The reward is a quarter-finals date for Damkronor with arch-rivals Finland tomorrow.

"We shut them down and forechecked well," noted Michelle Lowenheilm. "They didn’t get out of their zone easily. I think we played well. We got a lot of pucks at the goal."

The fallout from the Sweden win means the Swiss will now have to fight the Czechs in the relegation round. That best-of-three series also starts tomorrow, the loser being demoted to Division I-A for 2018. 

"We just tried to do our best, shift by shift, and didn’t think too much about what the game meant," Lowenheilm added. 

The Czechs got on the board first when Michaela Pejzlova scored on the power play at 10:39 of the opening period. The goal, though, seemed to awaken the Swedes, and they tied the game five minutes later when Johanna Fallman beat Klara Peslarova with a shot.

Fallman put the Swedes ahead for good at 5:12 of the second, and less than three minutes later Fanny Rask made it a 3-1 game. Try as they might, the Czechs couldn't get back into the game.

"We’ve had problems scoring goals all tournament," acknowledged forward Katerina Mrazova. "We’ve scored only one in each game, and you’re not going to win very often doing that. Every game is close. We start off well, and then at some point we have a mental lapse and it costs us the game. We have to play a 60-minute game against the good teams here."

This game produced one of the lowest shots totals in World Women's history. The Czechs had but 20 shots and the Swedes 16, that 36 total tying for the third-lowest total ever. The record is 30 between Germany (16) and Japan (14) on April 8, 2008.


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