The WBHF couldn’t have scripted it better than to have the two remaining undefeated teams go head-to-head in the last game of the round robin. On Friday evening, the host Team Russia (3-0) would take on Team Canada (3-0) with the winner claiming first overall in the division.
In the first, the Canadians were first on the board, under five minutes in. The remainder of the first period was very apprehensive as both teams were taking their time, each of them wary to make a mistake. At the end of the frame, Canada would still cling to a 1-0 victory.
The second couldn’t have been any more different than the first as both teams came roaring out of the gate. Similar to the first, the Canadians would strike early, going up 2-0 at 14:23 off a rebound after a quick turnover transition. The Russians would answer back less than two minutes later as they took advantage of a power play on a beauty cross crease pass. Canada would regain their two-goal lead shortly after on a great feed from the right wing to the corner slot. However, the Russians wouldn’t let up, and they would climb back within one on a rebound goal in the slot. At the end of two, Canada would still lead 3-2.
The third period would go scoreless until 5:31 when, in dramatic fashion, the Russians would tie up the game when a pass from behind the net would find the open player and she capitalized. Both teams would exchange chances in the final minutes but neither were able to take advantage and we would head to the shootout.
In the shootout, after the first three shooters failed to find the back of the net, Russia would score on a nifty goal on the glove side. This would create a do or die situation for Canada and it would be the Russian netminder who would close the door on the final Canadian shooter, giving the Russians a 4-3 victory.
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