Finland overtook the opponents of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with a 4-0 victory in Group A at the Women’s World Championship of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) at the WinSport Arena in Calgary, while the Czech Republic secured the top spot in Group B.

The Finns were aiming for their first title after defeats against hosts Canada and defending champions USA, while the ROC’s only triumph was against the bottom of the group, Switzerland. < In a game with just 31 shots, Finland stormed into a three-way lead in the first period – the first team outside of North America to take on the USA in a controversial penalty shootout against the USA in a final of the IIHF Women's World Cup on home soil in 2019.

Susanna Tapani, Petra Nieminen and Jenniina Nylund all hit the goal before Nieminen scored in the third period.

Despite the convincing win, F domestic coach Pasi Mustonen disappointed with his team’s performance after a great start.

“In the minds of some of our players, the game was over, so we played a disastrous second period.

” After the second period It should have been 3: 3, but thanks to [goalkeeper Sanni] Keisala it wasn’t. “

In Group B, the Czech Republic rounded off their preliminary round season with a fourth win from as many games as they did Second-placed Germany defeated 2-0.

Dominika Laskova gave the Czechs the lead at the beginning of the second period and added her second place in the third period.

The Czech coach Tomas Pacina said of his team’s tournament so far: “I think the turning point for us was the game against Hungary.

Another goal for @hockeyhungary’s captain! Fanni Gasparics brings the puck into the net to make it 5-1! #Women’s Worlds

“We felt like we played 40 full minutes against Japan and today we played 50 full minutes.

The Czech Republic will face the third placed in Group A. Finland, the Republic of China and Switzerland, while Germany has another Group B game against Japan to decide who will be second and third. They will face either the USA or Canada.

Hungary’s first win in the women World Cup, a 5-1 triumph over Denmark, secured the Hungarians ninth place.

Kinga Jokai-Szilagyi and Alex Gowie put Hungary 2-0 ahead at the end of the first period, before captain Fanni Gasparics in the second Third made the threesome.

The Danish captain Josefine Jakobsen brought one back, but Gowie and Gasparics scored again and brought Hungary a historic victory.

There is no relegation from the IIHF this year for the two bottom lights. Women-W World Championship.

The preliminary round ends tomorrow, Finland face Switzerland and the USA face Canada in games that determine the path of each team to the final, while Germany face Japan in Group B.

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