Germany powers to 6-3 win
Germany powers to 6-3 win
Czechs headed to relegation round
Struggling to avoid the relegation round, the Germans showed their best on the power play, an area where the Czechs failed to capitalize. The Czechs, with one win in three games, will now fight to stay in the top pool by playing in the relegation round starting tomorrow.
The Czech Republic came into Friday’s contest 1-1 in round robin play, having upset Sweden 3-2 in Tuesday’s match-up and losing 3-1 to Russia on Wednesday. Germany had yet to win a game, despite a strong showing against Sweden on Wednesday.
Germany opened the scoring, on the power play. German forward Marie Delarbre skated the puck into the Czech zone after winning a battle on the boards that drew a penalty against Czech forward Katka Kaplanova for body checking. Germany controlled the puck, setting up Julia Zorn to fire from the blue line. Her wrist shot found the back of the net.
The Czech Republic answered at 14:11. Forward Katerina Mrazova won a faceoff, sending the puck back to defenseman Aneta Tejralova, who fired it past German netminder Viona Harrer.
Despite the Czech Republic outshooting Germany 14-6, the first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
In the second period, a strong German power play created problems for the Czech Republic, which failed to capitalize on the Germans’ own penalty trouble.
Germany opened the period on the power play, demonstrating strong puck control as they cycled the puck deep in the Czech end. German forward Andrea Lanzl shot from the blue line past the shoulder of netminder Radka Lhotska to make the score 2-1.Continue reading
The Czechs failed to capitalize on a German penalty and found themselves in the box for interference at 8:15. Once again, the German power play showed patience and composure, and forward Franziska Busch counted another textbook goal.
Up by a score of 3-1, the surging Germans scored an even-strength goal just 85 seconds later off a scramble in front of the Czech crease. Forward Maritta Becker knocked the puck past Lhotska, bringing the score to 4-1.
The third frame saw a goalie change for the Czech Republic, who put Katerina Becevova between the pipes for the final 20 minutes
Both teams continued to have penalty trouble, but the German power play continued to shine. With Czech forward Vendula Pribylova in the box for tripping, German forward Franziska Busch scored her second of the game, skating it past the Czech defence and flipping the puck over Becevova’s shoulder to make it a 5-1 game.
The Germans kept up the pressure against a frustrated Czech team. After an unproductive power play on a roughing penalty against Czech defenceman Katerina Flachsova, German forward Lisa Schuster scored goal number six in a scramble that took the Czech goalie off her feet.
Not content to go down quietly, the Czechs regained their composure and mounted some pressure to make the score a little closer. Creating traffic in front that screened the German goaltender, Czech forward Lucie Manhartova notched one for her team at 14:29 and 72 seconds later, Czech defenseman Dominika Laskova made it 6-3 to close out the scoring.
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