Ottawa, ON – Nepean Sportsplex was the battle ground for two undefeated teams, Czech Republic and Russia, after 1 day of competition at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. The winner would go 2-0 and be 1st in the group, while the loser would fall to 1-1 and slide to second pending the outcome of the Sweden Germany game.
Russia came into the game riding the high of a 4-0 shutout win over Germany and went up early on a goal by Yekaterina Lebedeva 3:22 into the first period. The game went back and forth both teams getting their chances with shots almost equal. But the Russian’s found the back of the net just 7 seconds after the Czech’s killed their 4th penalty of the game and Russian’s ended up racing on a 2 on 1 resulting in a scramble in front of Czech goalie, Radka Lhotska and Russia’s Alexandra Vafina shoveled the puck into the back of the net at 13:37 of the 2nd period. The Czech rallied and just over 3 minutes later ended Russian goalie Nadezhda Alexandrova’s tournament shutout streak at 96:51 minutes when the Czech Republic’s, Denisa Krizova found a loose puck in the crease and banged it home at 14:38 mark of the 2nd period.
The Russian gave the Czech’s two power plays in the third to tie it up but it was the Russian’s who would score on the Czech’s powerplay putting the nail in coffin for the Czech’s game with 5:22 left in the third period with a shorthanded breakaway goal by Tatyana Burina. The final score 3-1 for team Russia.
The Russian’s now lead group B with a record of 2-0 and will face Sweden on Friday at 4pm at the Nepean Sportsplex. While the Czech Republic falls to 1-1 and at least temporarily to 2nd in the group and wait to face Germany at the Nepean Sportplex Friday for the early game at noon.