Czechia opened the Deutschland Cup with a 4-2 win over Finland in what could turn out to be a bronze medal preview of the 2024 World Championships.
In the opening period, Noemi Neubauerová got Czechia on the board first, directing home a cross ice pass from Adela Šapovalivová.
PWHL Minnesota pick Denisa Křížová increased Czechia’s lead coralling a pin-balling puck in the slot and beating Finnish goalie Anni Keisala top shelf on the backhand.
After Daniela Pejzlová scored to put Czechia up 3-0, Finland attempted to stage a comeback on goals from Siiri Yrjölä and Jenniina Nylund.
With Finland putting on the pressure in the final minutes looking for a tying goal, Dominika Lásková grabbed the puck and flipped it high out of the zone toward Finland’s empty net. Adela Šapovalivová beat the Finnish defenders to the puck and tapped home the final tally in Czechia’s 4-2 win.
Finland Hammers Denmark
In their second game of the tournament, Finland hammered Denmark 8-0. Petra Nieminen led the charge for Finland scoring a hat trick and adding two assists for a five point night.
Ronja Salvolainen and Lisette Taks each scored a pair, while Noora Tulus had the other Finland goal in the win. Julia Liikala and Sanni Vanhanen each recorded three assists for the Finns.
Abstreiter Earns A Shutout
PWHL Ottawa netminder Sandra Abstreiter stopped all 13 shots she faced to lead Germany to a 1-0 win over Denmark in their tournament opener.
Jennifer Miller scored the lone goal of the game for Germany.
Source : Hockey News