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Sweden up, Czechs down

Sweden up, Czechs down

Germans take 5th with win over SUI

Published 08.04.2013 19:51 GMT-4 | Author Andrew Podnieks
Sweden up, Czechs down
Sweden's 4-0 win over the Czech Republic ensures it will host the 2015 WW. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Sara Grahn stopped 19 shots, and Sweden got goals from four players to defeat the Czech Republic 4-0 in a relegation-round game today.

The result ensures Sweden will stay in the top division for 2015, when the country is slated to host the Women’s Worlds. The loss ends the Czechs’ one-year stay in the top level as they will play in Division I next year.

The Czech power play was part of the team’s demise again today. In a scoreless first period, it had three chances to open the scoring but failed to generate any great chances. Linnea Backman opened the scoring early in the second, and Lina Wester made it 2-0 near the midway point.

Johanna Olofsson and Elin Holmlov added goals later in the third to seal the victory.

Meanwhile, in an early game at Scotiabank Place, the Germans overcame an early deficit to beat Switzerland 5-3 to claim fifth place. The Swiss, bronze-medal winners a year ago, finish in sixth place in 2013.

Switzerland scored more goals in this game than it had in the first four games (two). Julia Marty opened the scoring for the Swiss midway through the opening period on a penatly shot.

“I practise (my penalty shot) a lot," Marty said. "When you come from this angle, she (the goalie) has to move, and you shoot when you see an opening.”

, but just 37 seconds later Marie Delarbre tied the score.

Germany took control by opening a 4-1 lead after scoring the only three goals of the middle period, Franziska Busch getting two of that number.

Jessica Lutz scored twice for the Swiss in the third, but Manuela Anwander added an empty netter to seal the victory.


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