That the favored Finns will not have it easy against the Czechs was clear at the beginning of the duel, when Šapovalivová threatened after only three minutes of the game. But then the goal did not fall as a result, and it did not fall even during the subsequent weakening of the Finns. In the ninth minute, Neubauer tried to open the scoring for a change, but goalkeeper Keisala was able to save his shot with her shoulder.
Her counterpart in the Czech goal area, Peslarová, was certainly not far behind in terms of workload and in the end she had the same number of saves after the first period as the Finnish woman with a mask. Even in the second 20-minute period, the Czech Republic had the possibility of a power play, but even this time they were unable to end it with a previously successful shot. They had to wait until the 37th minute for this, when captain Mills fired first, but her shot bounced off the defender Pejšová, and with her precise fourth strike of this tournament, she opened the score of the duel, 1:0.
However, the joy of the narrow lead did not have to last long, as shortly before the second break, when the Czechs weakened, Savolainenová hit the crossbar.
With this numerical advantage, the Finns did not manage to hit the space between the poles of the Czech sanctuary even at the beginning of the third period, mainly thanks to Peslar’s excellent catching. As time went by, the Finns had more pucks on their hockey sticks, and finally converted their dominance into a goal in the 49th minute. Then Tulusová equalized at 1:1. Even then, the Czech players could rely on Peslarová, as shortly after that she pulled off an excellent save against Nieminenová.
Although in the end the Northerners tried to shoot more often, the game had to be decided by overtime. Shortly after the start of the game, the Finnish captain Hiirikoski made a rough mistake, and the puck came to Tejralová, who beat goalkeeper Keisala with a shot to the near post.
The Czech joy was able to fully erupt, not only from the historic victory over the Finns, but above all from the historic progress to the semi-finals. And Czech hockey players can continue to live their dream.
Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark – quarter-finals (September 1, 2022):
Finland – Czechia 1:2 in extra time (0:0, 0:1, 1:0 – 0:1)
Goals and saves: 49. Tulusová (Holopainenová, Rantalaová) – 37. Pejšová (Mills), 61. Tejralová. Referees: Hansonová (USA), Nearyová – Chartrandová (both Kan.), Dinantová (Belg.). Exclusion: 3:3. No use. Audience: 326
The composition of the Czech Republic: Peslarová – Lásková, Pejšová, Horálková, Tejralová, Radová, Trnková – Mlýnková, Mrázová, Šapovalivová – Pejzlová, Hymlárová, Křížová – Neubauerová, Přibylová, Mills – Pátková, Sarnovská, Erbanová. Coach: Carla MacLeod
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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