Canada leave Russia without a chance
Germany made it to the ninth-place playoff after defeating Korea 3-2 in the 9-12 placement match at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. The first match in the 13-16th place play-offs saw Canada dispatch Russia 5-1 to advance into Sunday's match for 13th place. Russia will be playing in the 15th/16th place play-off.
Korea v Germany 2-3 (2-3)
Because of excessive heat here in Mönchengladbach, this match was played in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each. Despite the heat both teams started strong with early chances coming at both ends. Germany’s first attack led to a goal with only two minutes played. Sabine Knüpfer won possession in midfield and set up Pia Oldhafer who opened the scoring.
Korea were close to equalising when Cheon Eun Bi’s attempt was parried well by goalkeeper Lisa Schneider. Shortly after, a penalty corner flick from Lee Hana hit the post before Schneider made another terrific save against Shin Hye Jeong.
Oldhafer added another goal to double Germany’s advantage in the 22nd minute, before Korea were able to get on the board with a reverse stick strike from Cheon Eun Bi. Two minutes later Lee Yuri converted a penalty corner to level the score to 2-2. However, the German C-Unit were able to strike back immediately. Marilena Krauss scored from open play to give Germany a 3-2 lead at halftime.
The hosts won a series of penalty corners throughout the third quarter but could not capitalize on any of them. The fourth quarter saw Korea fighting for the equalizer but Germany’s goalkeeper Schneider made sure that nothing gets past her.
Voices after the match:
Marc Herbert, German coach: “We improved a lot compared to yesterday’s match against Russia. We could have scored more goals.”
Sophia Willig, German player: “We were very disappointed after we lost to England. Today, we were highly motivated.”
Canada v Russia 5-1 (2-0)
It was another scorching hot day in Mönchengladbach today, with water breaks for teams splitting the halves into quarters, n the teams visibly struggled with the heat. Canada coped better with the conditions however and was in charge through most of the match, as play remained confined to the Russian half of the field for long stretches of time.
Despite the superiority, the Canadian girls struggled to find the target, and found it hard work to translate their work into goals. Karli Johansen converted a penalty corner and Jessica Buttinger added a goal from open play for a 2-0 halftime advantage that could easily have been a few goals larger.
In the second half, Caashia Karringten put down a hattrick to take Canada safely out of reach, and Russia's lone goal came from a Canadian own goal. It is worth mentioning however that the Russian side was able to get in front of the Canadian goal, coming close to scoring a number of times in the second half.
As it was, the final result was 5-1 for Canada which puts them into Sunday's match for 13th place where they will play the winner of tomorrow's clash between Ghana and Belgium. Russia will play the defeated team from the same match for 15th place on Sunday.
Voices after the match:
Natalie Sourisseau, Team captain Canada: "I think we played well, I think it was really good. We definitely wanted to win this game, and with one game left, thi is the last time we play together. We want to do our best. It was a big learning experience for us. We've learnt a lot about international competition."
Caashia Karringten, Player Canada (scored a hattrick today): "It wasn't important for me, it was important for the team. It was a good game for us, with high pressure and nice goals. We're looking forward to playing Belgium, because we've played them before. They are a very good team, and we want to have good competition."Back