IIHF: Switzerland and Finland Face-off To Start IIHF Women’s World Championship

Ottawa, ON – The IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship started today in Ottawa at Scotiabank Place with Switzerland and Finland. This was a rematch of the bronze medal game at last years IIHF Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vermont where the Swiss defeated the Finns 6-2.

The Swiss opened the scoring 4:37 into the game on a rebound goal by Katrin Nabholz (Stefanie Marty, Julia Marty). The Finns bounced back in the second with 3 powerplays dominating the shots 15 to 1 allowing them to get the game tying and go head goal both on power-plays less than three minutes part, Anniina Rajahuhta (Linda Välimäki, Michelle Karvinen) 6:54 / Michelle Karvinen (Jenni Hiirikoski, Marjo Voutilainen) 9:24. The third period saw no scoring but several penalties as the two teams battled in a tight game.

The final shots were 44-17 for the Finns in their 2-1 win over the Swiss.

“It was a big goal,” Karvinen said about her game winning goal. “I kind of expected us to be nervous, but I didn’t expect us to be this tight. I was hoping we’d be a bit more goal-hungry. We had a lot of chances but didn’t bury them.”

Finland will play team USA tomorrow afternoon and Switzerland will face team Canada in the night game.