IIHF: GERMANY DEFEATS SWISS TEAM AT IIHF CHAMPIONSHIP IN OTTAWA

The 5th/6th placement game Switzerland vs Germany, a battle between the two lowest shot total teams. Pessimistic types might have assumed it would be a low shots, low scoring game but chalk one up for optimism, as both teams got more shots than their previous averages which turned into goals.Switzerland scored first on a penalty shot by #9 J Marty 9:20 into the game but just 37 seconds later Germany bounced right back when a shot by #19 Marie Delarbre found its way over Swiss goalie #41 Florence Schelling. The second period saw 2 goals by Germany’s #25 Franziska Busch including one on the powerplay, her teammate #24 Lisa Schuster added another late in the peroid giving the German’s a 4-1 lead. The Swiss tried to close the gap scoring a goal half way through the 3rd courtesy #21 Jessica Lutz and pulling there goalie with around 2 minutes left but Germany’s #5 Manuela Anwander found the empty net. Switzerland’s Jessica Lutz scored her second of the game with just 11 seconds left but it was too little too late and the Swiss fell to Germany 5-3.

German forward Sara Seiler spoke after the win. “It’s great to play in front of a crowd like that in Canada. There are obviously a few little things that you learn in tournaments, but you can’t pass those on. It’s just the experience that’s great . Pretty crazy, those young kids. It was pretty cool to play in an atmosphere like that. It was really nice. I think we can be very happy with our performance. Fifth place, we haven’t been able to do that since 2005 in a world championship. We’re happy about that. This tournament shows that we’re close. We have a lot to do, but we can definitely achieve something at the Sochi Olympics. We can be confident, but we have to do our work first.”